|Archaeologists in the ancient city of Laodicea in the western province of Denizli have unearthed a grandiose statue of Trajan. Researchers think the Trajan statue—which once stood by a fountain—was destroyed and buried in an earthquake.|
The team pieced together all 356 fragments to reconstruct the imposing monument. The statue is likely unique in terms of its size and intricacy. The three-meter-high sculpture is highly detailed. The emperor's clothes feature symbols from Roman mythology: Jupiter’s thunderbolt, the head of Medusa and two griffins representing Apollo.
Towards the end of the Roman Republic, Laodicea benefited from its advantageous position on a trade route, and became one of the most important cities of Asia Minor. Early Laodicea became a seat of Christianity.
|The area is prone to earthquakes, and a great tremor occurred in the reign of Nero (60 AD) that completely destroyed the city.|
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