Capitoline Venus (copy of the Aphrodite of Knidos)

Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, emerges from her bath, but what did her nudity mean to the Greeks?


Capitoline Venus, 2nd century C.E., marble, 193 cm (Capitoline Museums, Rome) (Roman copy of the Aphrodite of Knidos, a 4th century B.C.E. Greek original by Praxiteles)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Additional resources

Nanette Salomon, “Making a World of Difference. Gender, Asymmetry, and the Greek Nude,” in Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality, and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology, edited by Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow and Claire L. Lyons (London: Routledge, 1997), pp. 197-219

Cite this page as: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Capitoline Venus (copy of the Aphrodite of Knidos)," in Smarthistory, April 5, 2016, accessed October 7, 2022,