Monumental 2,000-year-old statue of Hercules discovered in Greece

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Monumental stone found in Greece 2000-year-old statue of Hercules (photo)

The statue dates from the 2nd century and represents a demigod carrying a weapon and holding a lion skin with a wreath of vine leaves.

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In the course of During their recent archaeological excavations in the ancient Greek city of Philippi in Northern Greece, scientists discovered a huge 2000-year-old statue of the Roman god Hercules, writes News Artnet.

Philippi has long been considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country. According to experts, the discovery of this large Roman statue, located in the ancient city square, is one of the most significant finds to date.

Monumental 2000-year-old statue of Hercules discovered in Greece (photo)

Monumental stone found in Greece 2000-year-old statue of Hercules (photo)

The huge statue was discovered by a group of scientists from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The experts excavated at the point where the two streets converge and exit to the main square, where they also discovered an ornate building and a fountain.

According to the myth, Hercules killed his wife and children after being driven insane by his stepmother Hera. To redeem himself, he performed the Twelve Labors, culminating in the journey to Hades and the return of the six-headed dog, Cerberus, to the mortal world.

Monumental 2000-year-old statue of Hercules discovered in Greece (photo)

< p>Monumental stone found in Greece 2000-year-old statue of Hercules (photo)

The statue dates from the 2nd century and adorned the building, which dates back to the 7th-8th centuries. The sculpture represents a demigod carrying a club and holding a lion skin with a wreath of vine leaves. During the Byzantine period, it was customary to decorate buildings and public places with Roman statues like this one. What most surprises scholars, however, is the size and quality of the statue.

Founded by Philip II, King of Macedon, Philippi was built on the territory of the Aegean colony of Krenida and later abandoned after the Ottomans conquered the region in the 14th century.< /p>

Monumental 2000-year-old statue of Hercules discovered in Greece (photo)

A monumental 2000-year-old statue of Hercules was discovered in Greece (photo)

Although it was known that this place had archaeological significance, excavations were carried out only in 1914. After the excavations were abandoned due to the First World War, the work was resumed in 1920 and then again after the Second World War and continues to this day.