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Sito ufficiale Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica

Roman sewer works reveal statue of emperor posing as Hercules

ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A life-sized statue of a Roman emperor posing as the classical hero Hercules has been discovered during sewer repair works near the Appia Antica (Appian Way), ancient Rome’s first highway.

It emerged, face first, as a bulldozer was tearing through old pipelines that needed replacing. An archaeologist overseeing the work immediately intervened.

“This face appeared, and it was then immediately identified as a character dressed as Hercules,” Francesca Romana Paolillo, archaeologist at the Appia Antica park, told Reuters.

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Reporting by Alessandro D’Angelo and Gabriele Pileri, writing by Alvise Armellini, editing by Ben Dangerfield