Augustan-era sculptures found near Rome
|The head of Niobe unearthed in a villa in Rome's suburb of Ciampino [Credit: BBC]|
Niobe, regarded as a classic example of the retribution caused by the sin of pride or hubris, was turned to stone. Excavations at the villa have also revealed a thermal bath area with fragments of artistic mosaics and a swimming pool as long as 20 meters with walls painted blue.
Inside the bath area were found seven sculptures dating to the Augustan age, as well as a complete series of fragments that experts say can be reassembled.
|One of the statues found at the villa [Credit: Archaiologia]|
La Repubblica newspaper said Tuesday a team of archaeologists made the valuable discovery last summer.
"Statues of Niobe have been found in the past, but in the case of Ciampino, we have a good part of the group," of statues, said Elena Calandra, superintendent of archaeological heritage.
According to their reconstruction of the bath area, experts say the statues were carved on all four sides of the swimming pool, which may have been buried by an earthquake in the 2nd century AD.
Source: ANSA IT [January 08, 2013]