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Archaeologists Uncover Roman-Era Statues Of Aphrodite And Dionysus In Turkey

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Archaeologists recently discovered Roman-era statue heads of Aphrodite and Dionysus in Turkey, as per a report by Live Science.

The team found the pair of statue heads of the goddess of love and the god of wine-making during a dig in the ancient city of Aizanoi, in western Turkey. The two were fittingly found within close proximity of each other. It comes after an earlier dig had found two headless bodies.

Gokhan Coskun, an archaeologist and excavation coordinator, told Anadolu Agency that the statues are an important cultural discovery.

"These are important findings for us, as they show that the polytheistic culture of ancient Greece existed for a long time without losing its importance in the Roman era," Coskun told the agency. "The findings suggest that there may have been a sculpture workshop in the region."

Live Science reports that both of the statue heads are made out of limestone. Aphrodite's head is approximately 19 inches tall, while Dionysus's head is somewhat smaller, 17 inches tall. In an interview with French news website Geo, the archaeologists expressed their amazement at the heads' "astonishing beauty."

Previously, archaeologists in Aizanoi uncovered the statue of Hygieia, a goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene, according to GEO.