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21 Apr 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous

  Vision of Home

Repatriated Works Back in Their Countries of Origin

    The goddess of Morgantina, on view in the archaeological museum in Aidone, Sicily.Credit Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times This story is included with an NYT Now subscription.

    AIDONE, Sicily undefined The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Morgantina sit high on a hill in eastern Sicily. There are cherry trees, wildflowers and total stillness, save for the sound of bird song. The area has long been sacred to Persephone; legend has it that Hades pulled that goddess into the underworld by a nearby lake.

    It was here at Morgantina, just outside the modern town of Aidone, that in the late 1970s or early 1980s, a breathtaking statue of a goddess, draped in a windswept robe and standing over seven feet tall, is believed to have been found. First thought to be Aphrodite and now widely considered to be Persephone, the statue, which dates to about 425 B.C., has become one of the most contested artworks in the world.

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