In Greek myth, the Theban queen, Niobe, bore seven sons and seven daughters. She boasted about this once, and even said that Leto had only one daughter and one son. The goddess was enraged. Her children, Artemis and Apollon, took revenge by shooting all the Niobids, the children of Niobe. In her pain, the mother turned into stone — rocks were identified with Niobe at several places of the ancient world. The myth was often depicted in ancient art and literature. These works may have equally focused on the foolish boasting of man (hybris), and the unreasonable punishment of a god. The group preserved in Florence is the most famous one among the sculptural representations, with pieces of a composition that consisted of at least fifteen statues. They followed a famous Greek sculptural group that was perhaps made in the late fourth century BC. Statues of the Niobids are also known from elsewhere, for instance, from the villa of Emperor Hadrian in Tibur near Rome. The influence of the story of Niobe was so powerful that many works of art representing other mythical figures were also modelled similarly to the statues of the Niobids.