Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Greek Mosaics In Stunningly Pristine Condition

During a recent excavation, a group of archeologists working near the Turkish city of Zeugma unearthed three ancient greek mosaics in pristine condition that date back 2,220 B.C.

Professor Kutalmis Görkay of Ankara University and his group of archeologists found the mosaics in a remote location close to the Syrian border.

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The group started their search expedition for ancient treasures in 2007. Years later, their search paid off when they stumbled upon three ancient greek mosaics belonging to the 2nd century BC. Amazingly, the mosaics were uncovered in almost pristine condition.

Although the Zeugma city is now 80 percent underwater, the team continues their searches in hopes of unveiling new hidden artifacts.

Here are some of the gorgeous artifacts discovered:

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“The mosaic of the Nine Muses: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania, and Calliope. Back in the renaissance days, the Nine muses were an inspiration to artists since they were the first ones to discover many art forms. Many artists did art works on the nine Muse as a dedication and recognition of their importance.”

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“Oceanus- the divine personification of the sea and his sister, Tethys- the embodiment of the waters of the world.”

According to Professor Görkay, “back in the 2nd century BC, mosaics in homes held a social aspect. ”

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“Thalia- the muse of comedy and idyllic poetry is beautifully intact.”

The mosaic of Thalia is vivid as it is aesthetically pleasing. A wonder piece of art discovered by the archeologists. Experts commented on Thalia’s face saying how the mosaic required special pieces of glass that is used specifically for this mosaic’s face alone.

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Greek God, Poseidon- God of the sea.

Professor Görkayof explains that “back in the early BCs the city of Zeugma was very important due to its location. The city, being geographically located between the Greco-Roman world and the Persian Empire, acted as a bridge which everyone had to cross.

As Zeugma finally fell in AD 253 when Sassanids from Persia attacked the city, the city has been forgotten until the recent expeditions unveiling the buried treasures.

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