The Fountain of Neptune

Greco-Roman Mythology

The Fountain of Neptune

Title and Date of Work: The Fountain of Neptune, 1565
Name of Artist(s): Bartolommeo Ammanati
Location: Florence
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: Big!
Neptune was the Roman god of water and sea. In Roman mythology, he is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon. Neptune was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, each of them presiding over one of the three realms of Heaven, Earth and the Netherigions. Neptune was actually a god of springs, lakes and rivers before becoming also a god of the sea. This is testified by the numerous findings of inscriptions mentioning him in the proximity of such locations. Servius, the grammarian, also explicitly states Neptune is in charge of all the rivers, springs and waters. He also is the lord of horses because he worked with Athena to make chariots. In the earlier times it was the god Portunes or Fortunus who was thanked for naval…

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