December 1, 2020

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Historical statue of Hermes dug up in Athens – Art & Culture

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The head of an historical statue of the Greek god Hermes has been unearthed through excavations for sewage technique enhancements in central Athens, the ministry of lifestyle mentioned Sunday.

The “authentic artwork dating late 4th century BC or early 3rd century BC” is in fantastic situation, a statement reported.

The marble head, observed just 1.3 meters less than the pavement on the occupied Aiolou avenue on Friday, “depicts the god in a mature age and is certainly a component of a herm”, the statement extra.

Herms or Hermas are sculptures, normally of the head of Hermes, and at times a torso, which ended up set on a squared column erected at street crossings as symptoms.  

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According to Greek mythology, Hermes was the son of Zeus and the messenger of the gods, who also safeguarded travelers and retailers. 

The ministry gave no estimate of the value of the sculpture but it was immediately transported to a warehouse of the directorate of antiquities.

On Saturday, Athens mayor Kostas Bakoyannis posted a photograph of the Hermes head on his Facebook account. “Unique Athens”, he mentioned.

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