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Istanbul Arch Museum 1492.jpg
09-SEP-2003

Istanbul Arch Museum 1492.jpg

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Silahtarağa group. The battle of the gods and the giants (Gigantomachi). White marble statues of gods and goddesses stand in niches; in front of them are ranged statues of giants, made of black limestone, who are attacking deities. Second half 2nd century AD. Found during rescue excavations in a square room with six niches on the interior and two small adjoining rooms. Water sources and water pipes led to the building. A sacred field one kilometer away, devoted to a water sprite, Semestra, may have been connected to it. It was assumed the structure served a sacred function as a variety of votive statuettes were recovered. It may have been a large fountain, connected to the Semestra field, or a museion, dedicated to the works of the Muses.

One of the statues

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