This time, six statues were recovered from the ruins of the
, four female
and one male as the sixth one’s gender cannot be established. They were all
found face-down in good condition. They will join ranks with fifty or so
previously found statues that are now scattered over museums in Temple
of Artemis and Aydin. The Archaeological Museum of Istanbul will get the
best examples, as always joining the existing collection of statues from the Izmir . The museum’s collection already possesses magnificent friezes from said temple and boosts an excellent scale
reconstruction. Also exhibited there is a marble letter written by Darius I to the satrap of Temple of Artemis Asia Minor between 492 and 485 BC.
It is expected that future excavations will reveal more statues from this particular area.
Let’s not forget that Magnesia was one of the two dozen mints that were allowed to strike coins for Alexander the Great during his lifetime!