Sarcophagus Fragment, Roman, ca. 240-250 CE, The Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Another colossus from Sagalassos

Last year, a colossal head of the emperor Hadrian was unearthed at Sagalassos in modern day Turkey. I hoped at the time that a partial if not entire giant statue of the emperor would be discovered. Unfortunately, no other remains of the Hadrian colossus, save for his feet and a calf, have been found, but this new discovery sheds light in what else my be buried in Southwestern Turkey. This new giant head, of similar size and style representing Faustina the Elder, suggests that they were probably joined by other members of the imperial "family." I hope the digging continues at Sagalassos so more amazing finds such as this one can be discovered.

Here is a link to the Archeology Magazine story about this and the Hadrian statue. Check out the great pictures!


Leif said...

Man, that's in great condition too! I feel like it's the Christmas season. -- What other goodies are we going to get?

Primvs Pilvs said...

I want the whole statue for Christmas!