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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Huge Roman Statue Found

A massive, carved statue of Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, was found at an archaeological site in Turkey.

So far, the statue's head, right arm, and lower legs have been uncovered high in the mountains in Southern Turkey, at the site of the ancient city, Sagalassos. It was housed in the largest room of the Roman baths, called the frigidarium - a room with a cool pool for bathers following their hot baths. The statue was partially destroyed by an earthquake in ancient times and archaeologists have been working the frigidarium for over a decade.

Previously discovered statue ruins include Faustina the Elder and Hadrian. The room is thought to have housed sculptures of the Antonine Dynasty which ruled during the Second Century AD.

Source: BBC

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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