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Construction workers unearth ancient bust of Hermes in Downtown Athens


During the course of sewerage works in the downtown Agia Irini (St Irene) Square of Athens, the marble bust of the ancient god Hermes was revealed, apparently part of a hermaic column. 


Construction workers unearth ancient bust of Hermes in Downtown Athens
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

The iconography of the sculpture, which depicts the god at a mature age, is typical of the type of Hermes Propylaeus by Alkamenos.




The head was found in the south side wall of a modern sewage pipeline. The find, which is in good condition, was immediately transferred to a warehouse of the Ephorate of Antiquities.


Construction workers unearth ancient bust of Hermes in Downtown Athens
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

This is an original work most likely of the late 4th or early 3th century BC. Hermaic columns were found at crossroads and roads and served as road signs in ancient times.


Source: Greek Ministry of Culture [November 15, 2020]



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