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Zethus and Zethus Crater - London, England, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 51° 29.438 W 000° 07.627
30U E 699436 N 5708301
Quick Description: Zethus and his twin brother Amphion (bastard sons of Zeus) are the mythologial founders of the City of Thebes. Zethus crater is the only named feature on Thebe- one of Jupiter's smaller moons.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/1/2012 7:21:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMDMMV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
This sculpture is located to the left of the entrance to the Tate Britain Art Museum in London.
This 1871 bronze sculpture is by Sir Charles Bennett Lawes-Wittewronge. Notice that the plaque actually spells the artist's name incorrectly...omitting the second "w" in Wittewronge. The work is signed "C.Lawes-Wittewronge".
This website (visit link) has an extensive discussion of the artist but has this to say specifically about this sculpture:

"In later life, he devoted much time and energy to his colossal marble group The Death of Dirce. In Greek mythology, Dirce was a cruel queen of Thebes. She mistreated Antiope, the niece of her husband Lycus. Zeus impregnated Antiope and she fled in shame to King Epopeus of Sicyon, but was brought back by Lycus through force, giving birth to Zeus’s bastard sons Zethus and Amphion on the way. Dirce hated Antiope, but she escaped, seeking refuge in the cave where the two boys were born. They disbelieved her claim to be their mother and refused her pleas for sanctuary. Dirce discovered Antiope and ordered her to be killed, but the twins by that point had been convinced by the shepherd who raised them, that Antiope was indeed their mother. They killed Dirce, by tying her to the horns of a bull. In Witteronge’s dramatic composition, the bull rears and the naked victim slips from his back, before the twins can tie the necessary knot. All is violent confusion and entwined limbs. Bronze versions of the work were exhibited in 1906 and 1908 at the RA and the Franco-British Exhibition. The marble version was exhibited in 1911 at the International Fine Arts Exhibition in Rome and later erected at Rothamsted."

As for the crater, Wikipedia (visit link) only makes this mention:
"The only Theban named feature is Zethus crater, named after Zethus, the husband of Thebe."
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