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An exhibition will present a medusa mosaic which was found in southern Turkey. East Greek mythology monster mosaic It was found in 2009 in the ancient city of Kibyra in the southern province of Burdur, in the Göhlhisar district in an excavation led by Mehemt Akif University. Despite being over 1,800 years old, it retains almost its authentic state.
“The mosaic is made of thin and colorful marble slabs and employs the 'Opus Sectile' technique. It is the only representation of Medusa that uses this technique.”, Explained the person in charge of the excavations Professor Şükrü Özüdoğru.
The Kibyra archaeological excavations They began in 2009 and have contributed objects and relics of great historical value. Özüdoğru said that the city, of great hegemony in the Hellenistic period, was founded in 330 BC. According to him, the stadium, the concert hall, the parliament, the bathroom and the theater presented a resistant structure that has allowed them to withstand to this day.
“The structure with a capacity of 1,600 people that unearthed in the old city, was the only one with a roof, hence its functions as theater, court and parliament in the winter months ", detailed the expert.
Özüdoğru added that Medusa reaches 11 meters in length, and that it was opened for analysis. To close the surface they applied five coats. This year they opened it to carry out more studies and so that restorers can carry out their tasks.
According to the restorers, “the following year they will be in charge of restoring the Medusa to later cover it with a crystal and expose it to the public”.
The professor commented that the researchers they had also found another mosaic under the Odeon in 2011. This work also consisted of panels with more than a dozen different designs in gray and white colors. For the expert, the Odeon of Kibyra is similar to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus of Athens.
According to Greek mythology, Medusa was a monster with the face of a woman with poisonous snakes instead of hair. With just one look, she was able to transform all who looked at her into stone. It is believed that she was the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. The hero Perseus beheaded Medusa and used her head as a weapon, until he gave it to the goddess Athena in order to place it on his shield.
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