On the corniche of the Arc Héré are four statues representing War and Peace, from left to right:
- Cérès - Demeter (Δημήτηρ) in Greek and Ceres in Roman mythology, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships
(Wikipedia: Ceres and Demeter).
- Minerve - (Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ) in Greek, or Minerva, in Roman mythology, is the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, etc. She is often depicted with an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.
(Wikipedia: Athena and Minerva).
- Mars - Roman god of war, with a sword and shield (Wikipedia).
- Hercule (copy of the Farnese Hercules) - (Ἡρακλῆς), Latin: Hercules, divine hero in Greek mythology, son of Zeus and Alcmene
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Under the cornice, are three bas-reliefs in white marble. The leftmost represents Apollo playing the lyre accompanied muses. The central relief shows Mercury and Minerva, under date palms and the right Apollo shooting an arrow against a winged dragon which embraces a man. These three bas-reliefs were taken from the old Porte Royale, considering Apollo as an allegory of Louis XV.
- Barthélémy Guibal (Nîmes 1699 - duché de Lorraine 1757),
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Location (N 48°41'39" - E 6°10'57")
Item Code: frlo099; Photograph: 14 June 2011
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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