Italian authorities announced Tuesday’s extraordinary discovery Bronze statues over 2,000 years old one in Old Thermal Spring in Tuscanyand noted that The discovery would “rewrite the history” of the transition between the Etruscan civilization and the Roman Empire.
Discovery at the archaeological site of San Cassiano dei Bagni near Siena, One of the most important works ever done in the Mediterranean The director of the Museum of the Ministry of Culture, Massimo Osana, indicated that it is, undoubtedly, the most outstanding since the famous bronze warriors of the Rias were found underwater in 1972.
Thanks to the mud that protected them, the figures were in perfect condition, Next to them were 5,000 gold, silver and bronze coins.Ministry added. Inside the great Roman pool where the statues were found, there is an image of a young Ephebe who appears to be asleep; Hygeia, the goddess of health, with a snake around her arm, and partially submerged in water, Apollo.
As evidence of the importance of the discovery, the ministry announced the construction of a new museum in the area to house the pieces.
Jacopo Taboli, who coordinated the excavations of the university for foreigners in Siena, said that The discovery is important because it sheds new light on the end of the Etruscan civilization and the expansion of the Roman Empire between the 2nd and 1st centuries BCE.
Although this period was marked by wars and conflicts in today’s regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, bronze images show that Etruscan and Roman families prayed together to the gods in the sacred sanctuary of Bath. The figures have Etruscan and Latin inscriptions.
“While social and civil wars were being waged outside the sanctuary … inside, the families of the Etruscan and Roman aristocrats prayed together in the context of the peace that surrounded the conflict,” Taboli said. “This possibility of rewriting the relations and dialectics between the Etruscans and the Romans is an extraordinary opportunity.”
The ministry said in a statement that some of the two dozen pieces are human or complete figures of deities, while others represent body parts and organs that the deities were used to intervene to heal a problem through terminal water. would have been dedicated to.