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Statue heads of “Aphrodite” and “Dionysus” were found in Aizanoi Ancient City in Turkey’s

The statue heads of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and Dionysus, the god of wine, were unearthed in the excavations of the ancient city of Aizanoi, which has a history of 5,000 years, located in the Çavdarhisar district of Kütahya.

About the statue heads of Aphrodite and Dionysus, which were unearthed during the excavations in the Penkalas (now known as Kocaçay) tea bed in the ancient city of Aizanoi, the excavation coordinator, Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Archeology Department Head Prof. Dr. Gökhan Coşkun gave the following information to the AA correspondent.

“During the excavation in the brook, we came across finds that were surprising to us. These were the heads of large marble statues. One of them is the statue head of ‘Aphrodite’, which is about 50 centimeters high and known as the goddess of love and beauty. The other is the 45-centimeter-high ‘Dionysus’ statue head, known as the god of wine in mythology. In our previous works, we generally found the body of statues, and frankly, we could not find any heads. We were very happy to come across these heads of statues.”

Aizanoi Ancient City statues heads
Photo: Muharrem Cin/AA

“It giving information about the belief system of the Roman period”

Stating that the heads of the statues gave information about the belief system in the Roman period, Coşkun said, “We know that the ancient Greek god’s Aphrodite and Dionysus changed their names and continued to exist in the Roman period. These are important findings for us as they show that the polytheistic culture in Ancient Greece existed for a long time without losing its importance in the Roman period. The findings suggest that there may be a sculpture workshop in the region,” said.

With a history dating back 5,000 years, Aizanoi, situated 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Kutahya city center, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2012.

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