New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey

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According to Turkish news sources, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a gymnasium and an adjoining bathhouse at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna, in the western Turkish province of Izmir.

New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
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New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
Credit: AA

The structure is believed to date from the 2nd century, probably from the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.




Meanwhile, excavations at the ancient theatre’s stage building, located on the slope between Kadifekale and the Agora, have also unearthed the statue of a young Satyros holding a hunting stick (Lagobolon).

New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
Credit: AA




New discoveries at the ancient Greek city of Smyrna in Turkey
Credit: AA

No further details relating to either of these recent discoveries have been provided.

The ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Smyrna, carried out by Izmir Katip Celebi University with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, have yielded evidence of a contnued 3,000 year Greek presence in the city.

Source: Anadolu Agency [August 10, 2020]

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