June 22, 2024 The sun rises from Anatolia

Statue heads of Dionysus and Aphrodite were unearthed in the Ancient City of Aizanoi

The heads of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, and the god of wine, Dionysus, were discovered in the ancient city of Aizanoi, located in the town of Çavdarhisar in Kütahya, which hosts the best-preserved Zeus Temple in Anatolia.

The heads of Aphrodite’s statue and Dionysus’s statue were found during excavation works in the central region of Turkey. Aizanoi Ancient City is located in the town center of Çavdarhisar, 50 kilometers away from Kütahya.

Aizanoi was the largest city of the Aizanitis people in ancient Phrygia, dating back to around 3000 B.C. The region was ruled by Bergama and Bithynia during the Hellenistic period but was conquered by the Romans in 133 B.C.

The Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Aizanoi.
The Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Aizanoi. Photo: Photography Culture Portal

The site hosts one of the best-preserved temples dedicated to Zeus, the chief god of Olympus in ancient Greek mythology. Aizanoi Ancient City includes the Temple of Zeus, the Stadium-Theatre Complex, the Mausoleum (the World’s First Stock Exchange Building), two Roman Baths, an ancient dam structure, the Columned Street, and two Roman bridges, making it one of the most significant cities of the Roman period.

Gökhan Coşkun, an archaeology professor and the head of the excavation team, stated in an interview with AA news agency that many statue pieces were found during the excavation. Coşkun said, “The most exciting development for us this season is uncovering new heads of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, and the god of wine, Dionysus.” He added, “We have unearthed more than 100 statue pieces in the excavation work we have conducted in the region so far. Some of the found heads belong to statues that are 2-3 meters tall.”

“These heads we discovered three years ago are in very well-preserved condition. In our excavations so far, we have found two Aphrodite and three Dionysus statue heads,” said Coşkun. He also mentioned that the excavation season, which began in April in the ancient city, would be completed by the end of this month.

Banner
Related Articles

Wooden pieces from the Neolithic period were unearthed during Istanbul metro works

November 15, 2023

November 15, 2023

In the area where construction works for the Beşiktaş station of the Istanbul metro are underway, Neolithic wooden artifacts have...

The existence of a basilica dating back to the 5th century was detected in Alanya Castle

September 17, 2023

September 17, 2023

The presence of a basilica associated with the 5th century was identified in Alanya Castle, built during the Hellenistic period,...

The aim is to unearth important findings from the Hittite period in Külhöyük

November 10, 2023

November 10, 2023

The Külhöyük, located in the Gölbaşı district of Ankara, the capital of Türkiye, continues to provide data shedding light on...

Anatolia’s wooden-supported mosques were included to the UNESCO World Heritage List after the Ancient City of Gordion

September 19, 2023

September 19, 2023

At the 45th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, the ancient city...

A 1000-year-old Seljuk rug is being exhibited at the Sivas Museum

March 15, 2024

March 15, 2024

A special section has been created at the Sivas Atatürk Congress Museum, where 62 historical rugs are being exhibited. Among...

Artifacts reflecting Egyptian influence found in the ancient city of Smyrna

May 25, 2024

May 25, 2024

Artifacts reflecting Egyptian influence were found during excavations in the ancient city of Smyrna, which has one of the largest...

During the excavations at Zernaki Hill, mud brick fragments containing the map of the ancient city were found

December 15, 2023

December 15, 2023

In the gridded layout remnants of an ancient city covering approximately 270 hectares in Erciş district of Van, mudbrick pieces...

2000-year-old tomb guarded by two bull heads discovered in Tharsa Ancient City

May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024

During the ongoing rescue and cleaning works in the ancient city of Tharsa, a new 2000-year-old tomb protected by two...

2100-year-old statue head of Hygieia, Greek goddess of health, unearthed in Laodikeia

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

During the excavations in the ancient city of Laodikeia in Denizli province, the statue head of Hygieia, the goddess of...

Interesting method of identifying sorcerers in Babylon

May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Magic is defined as having an effect on people, objects and events through rituals organized by using energy taken from...

The frescoes of the thousand-year-old Beşaret Church are in danger of disappearing

March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024

The thousand-year-old rock-carved Beşaret church in the Koramaz valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, is in...

A striking fresco depicting Helen of Troy found during excavations in the lava-floored city of Pompeii

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

Archaeologists have uncovered remarkably preserved ‘fresco’ paintings on a wall in the banquet hall of a large house on Via...

The 1900-year-old ancient road of Aigai, the city of goats, unearthed

December 21, 2023

December 21, 2023

In the late 8th century BC, the 1900-year-old ancient road of the ancient city of Aigai, known as the city...

During the basic excavation, settlement dating back to the Roman and Hellenistic periods was discovered

November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023

A citizen in the northern Turkish city of Samsun, while excavating foundations for a residential construction, uncovered traces of a...

Medieval bones found in Kortik Tepe excavations shed light on the human anatomy of the period

August 6, 2023

August 6, 2023

The analysis results of the Middle Ages bones unearthed 16 years ago at Kortik Tepe Höyük, located in the southeastern...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *