Marble head of ancient Roman divinity discovered near the Colosseum
May 24 2019 06:35 PM
Shows the Coliseum (Colosseum, Colosseo) in Rome
Shows the Coliseum (Colosseum, Colosseo) in Rome


Archaeologists have discovered a remarkably well preserved head from an ancient Roman statue near the Colosseum, Rome's city council said on Friday.

According to a statement, the white marble head is slightly larger than life-size and dates back to the imperial period, which roughly spans from the first century BC to the third or fourth century AD.

It is thought to depict a divinity, but its gender was unclear. The council initially wrote about a ‘goddess,’ but this was disputed by experts at the Colosseum Archaeological Park.

In another statement, they said it may be a ‘young and feminine’ statue of Dyonysus or Bacchus, the Greek-Roman god of wine and ecstasy.

The head was found inside a medieval wall on the Via Alessandrina, which runs almost parallel to the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the large avenue that leads to the Colosseum.

On Facebook, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi called the discovery ‘amazing.’

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