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Roman-era statue found at Epidaurus

A marble statue, possibly of the god Hermes, has been found at the so-called 'Little Theatre' of Epidaurus near the modern town of Palea Epidaurus. 

The statue, of which only the torso survives, is thought to be a Roman copy of a sculpture attributed to the famous Argive sculptor Polycleitus and his school (fourth century BC). 

The slightly larger than life-size sculpture is believed to have been carved in the second century AD., around the time of the Roman emperor Hadrian's visit to Epidaurus. 

It is not known, however, whether the statue in fact depicts the god Hermes or, as is often the case with many other copies of the same type, the head and face were 'adjusted' to portray the emperor Hadrian or some important official of the day. 

The statue had been built into a makeshift building of the early fourth century AD., near the 'Little Theatre'. Older buildings found nearby apparently belong to the wider area of the ancient city's agora or market. 

The statue has been relocated to the Museum of Epidaurus for cleaning and maintenance. 

Source: The Ministry of Hellenic Culture and Tourism [October 05, 2011]

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