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The torso of a 5000-year-old Greek goddess of love found in Turkey, the ‘God of Wine’ also found


Highlights

  • Archaeologists in Turkey have found the torso of two grand statues of 5000 years old in excavations.
  • These sculptures are of the ancient Greek love goddess Aphrodite and the god of wine Dionysus
  • Sculptures have been found in an ancient city in western Turkey where the world’s first stock markets were opened.

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Archaeologists in Turkey have found the torso of two grand statues of 5000 years old in excavations. These sculptures belong to the ancient Greek love goddess Aphrodite and Dionysus, the god of wine. These sculptures have been found in an ancient city in western Turkey where the first stock markets were opened in the world. In the earlier excavations, the lower parts of the idols were found, but now the torso of 5000 years old idols have been found in Aijanoi city of Turkey.

Each torso is beautifully carved on limestone. The torso of the goddess of love is 19 inches long and that of the god of wine is 17 inches. Gokhan Koskun, who excavated the site, told the Turkish agency Anadolu that the two fuselages are very important discoveries for him. This suggests that Greek polytheism persisted for a long time without losing its importance in Roman times.
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Remains of 3 thousand BC found
Aizanoi was a very important city in Roman times. Here was the temple of the Greek god Zeus and there was a stadium-theater etc. The city of Aizanoi was the main city of this clan which was then ruled under the Pharyagians and the Temple of Zeus. The remains of 3 thousand BC have been found here. This ancient city was first discovered by European travelers in the year 1824. Although the excavation here started only from 1926.

From the area which is being excavated now, it seems that this was a factory for making sculptures where magnificent sculptures were made. Earlier some archaeologists had announced that they had found a statue of the Greek goddess Hygieia. This Greek goddess was known for health and cleanliness. Many important information about ancient Greek gods and goddesses is being received from these sculptures.

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