The Eternal Youth of Mozia

Meeting the Youth

In 2007, during my first visit to Sicily, I was fortunate enough to be on a small group tour that included seeing so many of the superb artistic and archeological treasures of Sicily.

Photo Victoria De Maio

One of these treasures was on the little island of Mozia off the western coast of Marsala. In a rather unremarkable local museum, there I laid eyes on the Youth of Mozia for the first time… And I was literally spellbound and speechless (something that doesn’t happen often to me!)…

The sheer magnificence of the Youth immediately evoked reverence and awe. So accessible you could almost reach out and touch him, the youth was unbelievably stunning from every angle. I was reluctant to leave his presence as I “knew” that I may never set eyes on his exquisite countenance again…

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