Young Man of Piraeus

With an enigmatic smile on his lips, a young Greek god emerged last week into the modern world after a seclusion of 2,000 years. A bronze kouros (young man) probably representing Apollo, the slightly bigger-than-life statue is the oldest and biggest bronze kouros yet discovered. To ready it for its debut and first official posing, archaeologists spent many months stripping away the incrustations of time—and at least some of the mystery surrounding the young man.

Loot for Rome. The kouros was found in 1959, when workmen in Piraeus, the seaport of ancient and modern Athens, dug up a busy street to repair...

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