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Serapis and Asklepios statues found in ancient city of Kibyra


Two deity statues dating back to the Roman period were discovered in the ancient city of Kibyra, located in the Gölhisar district of Turkey's southwestern Burdur province.


Serapis and Asklepios statues found in ancient city of Kibyra
The marble bust of Serapis found in the ancient city of Kibyra, 
Burdur province, southwestern Turkey [Credit: AA]



A written statement from the Burdur Governorship stated that archaeologists unearthed a marble bust of Serapis, the Egyptian-origin sky god or god of light, was unearthed in two parts in the ancient city. The body of the Serapis bust was discovered in 2019, but the head was found later during a clean-up of the Roman bath complex.

The marble bust is now ready to be put on display following repair works done by veteran restorers on the excavation team.


Serapis and Asklepios statues found in ancient city of Kibyra
The statue of Asclepios was found in seven pieces in the ancient city
of Kibyra in Burdur province, southwestern Turkey [Credit: AA]



A statue of Asklepios, the god of medicine and healing in Greek mythology, was also found on the southern side of the temple of the Imperial cult in the ancient city. The statue, notable for its fine workmanship, was found in seven pieces. The 38-centimetre (15-inch) artefact depicts a clothed Asklepios with long, curly locks and a beard.


Asklepios, resting on his staff with a snake wrapped around it, holds an egg in his hand. There are very few depictions of Asklepios holding eggs, and the statue helps researchers further understand the attitude of the Kibyra inhabitants toward health and is also an important piece of archaeological history.


Source: Anadolu Agency [November 25, 2020]



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