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Asklepios, bust of Serapis found in Kibyra, Turkey

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An interesting find in Turkey:

Discovered by Turkish archeologists. The statue of Asclepios is seen in seven pieces, found in the ancient city of Kibyra in Burdur province, southwestern Turkey,

The 38 cm (almost 15 inch) statue of Asclepius.



"Kibyra was once a very famous city in the field of medicine according to ancient sources and the inscriptions found in Kibyra, Özüdoğru said, “The statue has verified what we know about it. The figurine was traced back to 2nd century A.D.”


A little background:



Asclepius, known as the god of medicine and health in the Greek world, is the son of Apollo, who also served as a healing god besides his many duties. Asclepius, who has many mythological stories about his birth, was raised by Kheiron, who was half horse and half human, and learned all the subtleties of god medicine from this horse man, according to mythology.





Significant Roman-era artifacts found in Kibyra

Bust of Zeus-Serapis


“In order to unify the Greeks and the Egyptians under one religion, Ptolemy I and his Greek advisors created a new god called Zeus-Serapis. They combined the already popular Serapis with Zeus, the King of the gods according to Greek and Roman belief. Images of Zeus-Serapis reflected both Greek and Egyptian traditions


https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/27/statue-greek-deities-turkish-media/#:~:text=Discovered Zeus-Serapis bust.,restorers on the excavation team.




Kibyra is in modern day southwest Turkey, located in Burdur province:


Provinsen Burdur – Wikipedia






Summary: The cult of Asclepius was widespread. This is another great find in a less known ancient Roman city.


guy also known as gaius




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