Archaeologists in Turkey’s southern Antalya province discovered what is allegedly the only one-piece statue of the Second Century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus; also referred to as ‘Caracalla.’

According to Dogan News Agency, the statue was found during the excavation and restoration project of the Ancient City of Perga, located in Aksu district, Antalya, which has been carried out by Antalya Museum since 2012.  It was claimed that the statue of Caracalla found during the excavation is the only statue of the emperor remaining as a whole. Beside the massive 2.2-meter statue of the Roman emperor stands a small statue of a soldier, indicating Caracalla’s glory and status at the time.

Caracalla’s clothing features Greek mythological monster figure Medusa, as well as eagles.  Reports also said that the statue is the first of its kind to have a Corona Civica, a civic crown which was considered to be the second highest military decoration to which a citizen could aspire.  Two statues of Aphrodite, and statues of Asklepios, Tyhke, Nemesis, Helios, Selene, a serpent statue, and various other statues of men, women and horses were discovered during the excavation, reports said.

The museum created a new venue to display the newly discovered pieces of ancient art works.  Turkey, which is home to some of the world’s earliest civilizations, has many precious ancient artworks and archaeologists throughout the country continue to discover new pieces of historical artefacts, shedding light to civilizations who lived centuries ago.

 

Source:  Daily Sabah

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