Skip to comments.Headless statues unearthed in Aphrodisias excavations
Posted on 09/03/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The two big headless statues have been found at the ancient city of Aphrodisias.
The ongoing excavation works at one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites, the Karacasu Aphrodisias Ancient City, have revealed two headless statues.
According to information provided by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, one of the statues is in 1.76 meters in height and the other is 1.68 meters. One of the statues holds a roll in its left hand and its right hand is on its chest. There is a pack of documents behind its left foot, but the fingers and head are broken. The second statue is also headless. Its right hand is broken from the humerus down, and the left hand is broken from the elbow. There is also a pack of documents next to its right hand.
U.S. professor R. Roland Smith is heading the excavations at the site. The city of Aphrodisias, is one of the country's most visited places. It is included in UNESCO's world heritage permanent list.
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Any guess on the century?
Nope. The pile of books / scrolls is interesting, but there’s not much of an article here. :’)
Oh, there’s pun gold about Aphrodisiacs in there....
This was part of Plato’s Republican war on women.
Almost anything goes in some topless joints. This disgruntled patron obviously wasn’t too finicky about how he got a head job.
OMW! You are too clever! :)
I’ll bet the documents mentioned are absentee ballots that Richardson dropped off for them when he said that the whole world wants Obama to be re-elected.
“Any guess on the century?”
I would conjecture Roman, 1st or 2nd century AD. The Romans preferred marble statues to the typical Greek preference for bronze sculpture. (Note: many statues said to be “Greek” are Roman marble copies of the original bronze. The Romans would melt down the bronze for weapons.)
As to who vandalized the sculptures, it would most likely be Muslims. The East Roman Empire (which was actually Greek), still appreciated the classical works and lasted far into the next millenium. The Muslim Turks were not tolerant of classical Greek/Roman sculptures or any modeling the human body. It violated an Islamic principle: never depict the human form.
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