Friday, May 4, 2012

Alma Mater – Columbia University (King’s College) – New York City

Alma Mater on the Steps of "Ole' Low"

The statue of Alma Mater by American sculptor Daniel Chester French is almost as famous as the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial also by French.

Columbia, originally King’s College before the American Revolution, changed it’s name to the metaphoric nickname of America based on the name of Christopher Columbus.

Columbia is also a metaphoric name for the American goddess Liberty.

In the tradition of ancient Rome, the statue of Alma Mater (dear mother) embodies many classic and grand qualities in a place of higher learning.


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