• ROMARCH: update on stolen Ganymede statue; guards arrested

    The Ganymede statue

    An update via Mohamed Halouani on the Ganymede statue stolen about two weeks ago from the Paleo-Christian Museum in Carthage, Tunisia.

    “Officials responsible for monitoring the Paleo-Christian Museum of Carthage are suspected, during the night of Fri. 8 Nov. to Sat. 9 Nov., of stealing the statue of Ganymede. In fact, they have been jailed pending trial.

    According to the newspaper La Presse, citing Bahri Fathi, director of sites and monuments at the National Heritage Institute (INP), there was no break-in at the time of the theft. The suspicions of investigators, the source said, were then shifted to the guards, noting that the window by which the thieves broke into the museum had been broken from the inside.”

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  • ROMARCH: Ganymede Statue Stolen From Carthage

    Thanks to my friend Mohamed Halouani for this breaking, very sad news.

    This Ganymede is a fascinating example of the complex dialogue between Greco-Roman and early Christian ideas about images. Spreading the news about its theft, I hope, may make it harder to fence.

    For the definitive studies of the piece, please consult Elaine K. Gazda, “Ganymede and the Eagle. A Marble Group from Carthage,” Archaeology 34 (1981): 56–60, and Elaine K. Gazda, “A Marble Group of Ganymede and the Eagle from the Age of Augustine,” in J. H. Humphrey (ed.) Excavations at Carthage 1977 conducted by the University of Michigan, VI, Michigan 1981, 125-178. Detailed images available on Arachne.

    Articles on the theft in La Presse (Tunis): [Le vol de trop!]; [Ganymède, avez-vous dit?]; [On a volé Ganymède!]

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    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Ganymede Carthage Stolen
    (Wikimedia Commons)

    CARTHAGE, TUNISIA—Over the weekend, thieves broke into the Early-Christian Museum in Carthage and stole a fifth-century A.D. marble statue depicting the mythological figure of Ganymede embracing Zeus in the form of an eagle. First discovered in pieces during a 1977 excavation in a cistern under the House of the Greek Charioteers in Carthage, the statue measured over a foot and a half once it was restored. Study of the sculpture and others like it made clear that wealthy Christians of the period did not hesitate to decorate their homes with pagan sculptures. The Tunisian police and Interpol are now on the lookout for the statue. 

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