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Roman theatre goddesses unearthed in Crete

The life-sized marble statues of two ancient Greek goddesses have emerged during excavations of a 5,000-year-old town on the island of Crete, archaeologists said today. The works, representing the goddesses Athena and Hera, date to between the 2nd and 4th centuries ““ a period of Roman rule in Greece ““ and originally decorated the Roman theatre in the town of Gortyn, archaeologist Anna Micheli from the Italian School of Archaeology told The Associated Press.

“They are in very good condition,”? she said, adding that the statue of Athena, goddess of wisdom, was complete, while Hera ““ long-suffering wife of Zeus, the philandering king of gods ““ was headless. “But we hope to find the head in the surrounding area,”? Micheli said.

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