Rome, an extraordinary statue from the 1st century AD emerges from the basement

Rome is again the protagonist of a shocking discovery: an extraordinary statue from the 1st century AD emerges from the basement

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Rome once again becomes the protagonist of a great archaeological discovery. The capital asserts itself as an open-air museum and a source of pride for the whole country. All this took place in the town of Viterbo near Fabrica di Roma.

The territory of Fabrica di Roma has always been studied by archaeologists from all over the world because it is linked to the population of Etruria. Numerous excavations carried out over time which led to the discovery of caves, tunnels and passages.

Rome, a Roman statue from the 1st century AD discovered in the province of Viterbo

The excavation campaign was carried out thanks to the intervention and assistance of the British School at Rome, which collaborated with the institutes of Florence, Harvard and Cambridge.

What came out of the work of the archaeologists? A testimony that is significant to say the least, which sees the recovery of a statue that belonged to the 1st century AD. It is, as often happens, a naked man – probably a hero.

Currently, only his torso and upper legs have been recovered. We are trying to figure out if it is possible to revive the remaining parts of the body as well. Based on a first look, the team determined it was a copy.

It is a Roman copy of a Greek specimen. The most probable hypothesis associates him with the Greek god Hermes, highly revered by the entire population. The features are those typical of the god, that is to say a pronounced and vigorous musculature.

Great joy to learn how much the earth wanted to give once again. The statue has been handed over to the local police and will be restored as soon as possible and ready for public display.

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The discovery sheds new light on the territory of Falerii Novi still today, as mentioned above, an area much studied and studied by scientists around the world.

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