Objects and Stories


What is it?

A statue of the goddess Persephone. Although she was a Greek Goddess, the Romans worshipped Persephone as well. In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of the underworld. She is the daughter of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, and Demeter, goddess of the harvest.


What is it made of?

The statue is made of marble.


When was it made?

1st Century BC.


Where is it from?

The statue is from Lanuvium, near Rome in Italy. (Check out the map link below for a better idea!)


How did it get to Leeds?

Lord Saville, the British Ambassador to Rome, ran a number of excavations while he was in Italy. This statue was found during a dig in Lanuvium in 1880. The statue was probably made for a temple or as a public artwork.

When he returned home to Yorkshire, Lord Saville brought the statue back with him, along with a collection of other objects, which he gave to Leeds Museums and the British Museum.


Ambassador - official person sent to another country to represent their own country

Excavation - when historical objects are dug up

Mythology - stories used to explain the world in Ancient cultures

Temple - a place where ancient people worshipped gods

Underworld - where the dead live in mythology

Worship - to pray to something or treat it with respect

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Map link: Lanuvium site in Italy»

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