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Archaeologists have unearthed a vast ancient tomb in Greece, distinguished by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 B.C., in the country's northeast Macedonian region, the government said on Tuesday. The two sphinxes guarding the entrance of the ancient Macedonian tomb  [Credit: INTIME NEWS]

Archaeologists have unearthed a vast ancient tomb in Greece, distinguished by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 B.C., in the country's northeast Macedonian region, the government said on Tuesday. The two sphinxes guarding the entrance of the ancient Macedonian tomb [Credit: INTIME NEWS]

Archaeologists at Amphipolis led by Katerina Peristeri managed to reveal the upper part of the lintel the now famous Kasta Mound sphinxes step on. As with the sphinxes, the lintel is also marble, covered in fresco imitating an Ionic architrave, which bears decoration in red, blue and black. Straight under the Ionic architrave, two Ionic pillar capitals belonging to the doorjambs, also frescoed and decorated in the same colours, have been revealed.

Archaeologists at Amphipolis led by Katerina Peristeri managed to reveal the upper part of the lintel the now famous Kasta Mound sphinxes step on. As with the sphinxes, the lintel is also marble, covered in fresco imitating an Ionic architrave, which bears decoration in red, blue and black. Straight under the Ionic architrave, two Ionic pillar capitals belonging to the doorjambs, also frescoed and decorated in the same colours, have been revealed.

Greek Statues Discovered:   ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there.

Greek Statues Discovered: ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there.

Sphinx's head found in Amphipolis!The head was discovered whole with minimum fractures on the nose and it fits the eastern sphinx's torso,to which it was inserted.In the lower part of the throat,one can see the insertion incision.It has curly hair with traces of red,falling onto its left shoulder.It was found in a 15 cm depth inside a marble threshold.It is a sculpture of exquisite art,leaving archaeologists in awe.Fractures of the sphinx's wings have also been located in the area.

Sphinx's head found in Amphipolis!The head was discovered whole with minimum fractures on the nose and it fits the eastern sphinx's torso,to which it was inserted.In the lower part of the throat,one can see the insertion incision.It has curly hair with traces of red,falling onto its left shoulder.It was found in a 15 cm depth inside a marble threshold.It is a sculpture of exquisite art,leaving archaeologists in awe.Fractures of the sphinx's wings have also been located in the area.

" And Hades seized her and took her loudly crying in his chariot down to his realm of mist and gloom" .--  Persephone shown in red hair and white tunic, wearing a thin red strip on her waist and piece of jewellery on her left hand.

" And Hades seized her and took her loudly crying in his chariot down to his realm of mist and gloom" .-- Persephone shown in red hair and white tunic, wearing a thin red strip on her waist and piece of jewellery on her left hand.

A floral headstone was found outside the Amphipolis tomb dating back to the late 4th century B.C.

A floral headstone was found outside the Amphipolis tomb dating back to the late 4th century B.C.

Today, the first wall sealing the front of the Amphipolis Caryatids was removed and the continuity of the robes of the two sculptures was revealed. The robes bear exceptionally crafted folds. The caryatids, from the outside, appear to slightly lift their chitons with the corresponding hand.

Today, the first wall sealing the front of the Amphipolis Caryatids was removed and the continuity of the robes of the two sculptures was revealed. The robes bear exceptionally crafted folds. The caryatids, from the outside, appear to slightly lift their chitons with the corresponding hand.

The beautiful blue of Amphipolis.Azurite the raw material for the magnificent blue background in the Amphipolis mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone came from the nearby mines of Alistrati.The unknown-to-most Alistrati mines, in Serres prefecture, are a mere 20 kilometers from Amphipolis, which seem to have provided more than filling the coffers of Macedonian kings. The mineral is still visible in the Alistrati caves as part of natural formations.

The beautiful blue of Amphipolis.Azurite the raw material for the magnificent blue background in the Amphipolis mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone came from the nearby mines of Alistrati.The unknown-to-most Alistrati mines, in Serres prefecture, are a mere 20 kilometers from Amphipolis, which seem to have provided more than filling the coffers of Macedonian kings. The mineral is still visible in the Alistrati caves as part of natural formations.

The eye of one of the horses in the mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone could be a link between Amphipolis and Afghanistan.Attention was particularly cast on the horse’s azure blue eye so vibrant and striking meant to depict Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus.Lazurite has been mined for over 6,000 years in the lapis lazuli district of Badakhshan,Afghanistan, and had been used as a pigment in painting and cloth dyeing.

The eye of one of the horses in the mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone could be a link between Amphipolis and Afghanistan.Attention was particularly cast on the horse’s azure blue eye so vibrant and striking meant to depict Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus.Lazurite has been mined for over 6,000 years in the lapis lazuli district of Badakhshan,Afghanistan, and had been used as a pigment in painting and cloth dyeing.

Parts of the wings of the Sphinxes were discovered - Full restoration of the wings is now possible.

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Parts of the wings of the Sphinxes were discovered - Full restoration of the wings is now possible.


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"Queenly Demeter, bringer of seasons and giver of good gifts, what god of heaven or what mortal man has rapt away Persephone and pierced with sorrow your dear heart? For I heard her voice, yet saw not with my eyes who it was. But I tell you truly and shortly all I know."  HYMN TO DEMETER Translated by Hugh G.Evelyn-White The ‪#‎abduction‬ of ‪#‎Persephone‬ unveiled on ‪#‎Amphipolis‬ ‪#‎tomb‬ ‪#‎mosaic‬, ‪#‎Greece‬

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