Nothing New Under the Sun*


The caption in a Wikipedia article on Xoanon:

Synthesizing the Lady of Ephesus as Diana Aventina: a Roman marble copy of a Greek replica of a lost Geometric period xoanon (18th-century engraving).

An engraving of a copy of a replica of a sculpture. Apparently museums come by the tradition of reusing other people’s good ideas honestly.

[Thanks to intrepid world-traveler Patricia Walker, who knew the caption would give me a giggle.]

*The title is funny if you know that xoana were associated with Daedalus, if you know that Daedalus was the father of Icarus, and if you know that Icarus flew too close to the sun. So, the title really isn’t funny.

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