Medusa head found in southern Turkey

Medusa head found in southern Turkey

A few dates ago a team of archaeologists unearthed in southern Turkey a marble head representing the famous Gorgon Medusa, whom we all remember for having snakes as hair and who could turn any man into stone who dared to look her in the eye.

It was exactly at ruins of Antiochia ad Cragum, an ancient Roman city founded back in 170 BC. by King Antiochus IV, Greek King of the Seleucid Empire and located at the foot of Mount Cragus, near the south of the Anatolian peninsula, becoming one of the most important archaeological finds in this area in recent years.

It has been noted that the head found was not part of a bust or a statue but it was part of the facade of a building suspected of having been a temple. This leads to hypotheses about whether it was actually considered a monster in ancient times or a protective force.

Being considered as a protective force, it explains the reason why his face appears in many Greek and Roman objects such as shields, statues, mosaics, coins or, as in this case, ornamental and protective objects placed on the facade of various constructions.

According to legend, Medusa was the sister of Esteno and Euríale, daughters of Forcis and Ceto and Medusa was only mentioned as a mortal being, unlike her sisters, although she was much more famous than them, especially for her appearance and for her gift of turning to stone whoever looks at her.

According to experts, there are still important remains in this place, referring to Antiochia ad Cragum, such as a street with colonnades and an entrance portico, public baths, an old Christian basilica, large tombs, a market and also a temple as well as other infrastructures that have not yet been identified, which reveals that this place is you will be able to get a great deal of useful information.

For its part, Michael Hoff, director of excavations and art historian, stated that this find is, by all accounts, truly surprising given that only the image of the Gorgon could have been considered by Christians as an act of idolatry by the inhabitants of this city and where in those times, all that work that was suspected of being considered pagan was destroyed, although it is not known for what reason the Medusa that has been found survived.

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