No other sculpture in antiquity enjoyed the renown of Praxiteles' Aphrodite of Knidos. For the Roman author Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23–79), it was not only the finest work by Praxiteles but also the finest statue in the world. The statue, erected in a round temple, was to be viewed from all sides. The goddess was depicted undressing before (or dressing after) a bath in "heroic nudity" as unconscious and glorious as that of the gods. An over-life-size work sculpted in Parian marble, the Aphrodite of Knidos was widely imitated and adapted by artists of the Greek and Roman worlds in many mediums and on many scales. Similarly, the sleeping Eros became incredibly popular and was widely imitated and adapted to a variety of public and private uses.
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