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The Romans had their own name for this goddess, Venus, and likewise her “cult images” were ubiquitous and “painted with pale-coloured flesh and golden-blonde hair” (see Joanna Pitman’s Phidias’ masterwork, the Athena Parthenos, stood in the Parthenon for nearly 1,000 years until it was lost, probably in the 5th century AD.
When American sculptor Alan Le Quire set out to make a faithful copy for the full-scale Parthenon replica in Nashville’s Centennial Park he modeled it on descriptions of the original work.
Beth Cohen, author of to write about blonds in Thebes.
Thebes was the leading city of Boeotia, a rich agricultural region in south-central Greece.
In this case they point to what classical scholars have long believed was a series of Hellenic descents upon mainland Greece and the Aegean islands.
The first Hellenes to arrive were the Ionians and Aeolians; then a few centuries later, the Achaeans, and finally the Dorians.
Scholars today tend to dismiss such myths but they would not have survived if they had not been generally consistent with the long folk memories of ancient peoples.These included the Minoans, who were not Greeks at all, and who built an impressive civilization on the island of Crete.The Pelasgians, which is the name later Greeks gave to the pre-Hellenic population of mainland Greece, were also dark.They tended to have black, curly hair and olive-shaped eyes.