Since the old times human beings have been fascinated by the sun. In art they somehow created a strong link between illumination and intelligence. Perhaps both of them make things look clear.
In the Roman times the sculpture Colossus of Nero was created to celebrate the Roman emperor of the same name, whose personality looks rather dark from 2000 years distance. Later on Emperor Vespasian; whose down-to-earth nature granted him 69 years of life in comparison to average of 30; was selfless enough not to change the head of the sculpture to the one, which would resemble his portrait features (it did happen, but a century later). Instead he asked to add a sun-ray crown and renamed the sculpture after the Roman sun god Sol - Colossus Solis.
There was yet another roman goddess to arise up high a couple of millenniums later. French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi presented his iconic iron creature with an identical sun-ray crown, not to celebrate the fact of physical illumination, but Freedom of illuminating the world. La Liberté éclairant le monde.
This strong female doesn't meet people entering Flavian Amphitheater to attend animal and human fights. She is mothering those who believe in Freedom.