An important archaeological discovery comes from Turkey: A team of archaeologists working at the ancient site Sagalassos in Southern Anatolia, unearthed a giant statue of Hadrianus, mighty Roman Emperor of the second century. BBC report says:

“The inhabitants of Sagalassos had special affection for Hadrian. He officially recognised it as the “first city” of the Roman province of Pisidia and made it the centre for an official cult in the region which worshipped the emperor. These administrative changes attracted thousands of visitors during imperial festivals, boosted trade and, in turn, prosperity. ”

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Giant statue of Hadrian unearthed

The statue dates to the early period of Hadrian’s reign

Parts of a huge, exquisitely carved statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian have been found at an archaeological site in south-central Turkey.

The original statue would have stood 4m-5m in height, experts estimate.

His achievements include the massive wall built across the width of northern Britain which bears his name.

Ruling Rome from AD117 to AD138; he was known as a great military administrator and is one of the so-called “five good emperors”.

So far, the excavators have unearthed the head, foot and part of a leg.

But they are hopeful other parts of the statue may be uncovered in coming weeks.

The foot is 80cm (31.5 ins) long, the leg – from just above the knee to the ankle – is nearly 70cm (27ins) long. The head, which is almost intact save for its broken nose, also measures 70cm (27 ins).

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