In this Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 photo, a pickup track drives on a street of Athens carrying a terracotta statue of Zeus, chief among the ancient Greek gods, made by sculptor and ceramicist Haralambos Goumas. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Haralambos Goumas is a man who fashions gods out of clay -- a reversal of most ancient creation myths in which the gods make the men.Over the past half-century, Goumas, 67, has produced thousands of large terracotta statues of ancient Greek deities, mythical figures and fabulous beasts, mostly for use as architectural and garden ornaments.Like the 2,200-year old, life-sized sculptures of about 9,000 soldiers and imperial officials dug up in northwestern China, many of Goumas' pieces stand in tidy ranks, in a yard fronting the long, metal-roofed shed with its old-fashioned wood-fired furnace where he works.Others are scattered apparently randomly: an Athena here, a horse or a satyr there, among bulls' heads, griffins, sphinxes, garden urns or busts of 5th-century B.C. Athenian philosopher Socrates and the 19th-century Greek poet Dionysios Solomos.
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