It’s always exciting to imagine what new discoveries may be made during a new excavation season, especially on a site like Patara.
Last year a most exquisite bronze statue of Hermes dating from the Roman era has been unearthed, actually dating from the period of Emperor Constantine. It is considered to be a quite unique find as never anything similar has been discovered. The statue, that looks quite modern and stylish, is now on display at the Antalya Archeological Museum.
[picture from The Hurriyet Daily News]
This year, the team of archeologists, scientists and workers will be scrutinizing and digging at the Basilica, the Lima Hamam, the Palaestra, the city’s Acropolis and the Ancient Lycian waterway.
As mentioned earlier (see: Wonderful Patara!), Patara surrendered to Alexander the Great in 333 BC. After his death, the city was occupied in turn by Antigonus and Demetrios-Poliorketes, to finally fall in the hands of the Ptolemies. It was Ptolemy Philadelphus who, according to Strabo, embellished and enlarged Patara and renamed it Arsinoe after his wife and sister. But this change of name was not a success and Patara is the name that stuck.