Construction Workers Recently Discovered A Life-Sized Marble Statue Of A Man Dressed As Hercules While Repairing A Sewer Line In Rome

However, they have also hypothesized that the statue may be a depiction of Emperor Gaius Messius Quintus Traianus Decius, also known as Decio Traiano, who reigned from 249 to 251 C.E.

When they compared the statue to coins and other official portraits bearing the ruler’s face, they determined that the artifacts shared the same physical trait of wrinkles on his face. The wrinkles were meant to represent concern for the fate of the empire.

The statue will soon be displayed in one of the exhibitions of the Appia Antica Archaeological Park.

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