Ancient statues linked to poet Ovid unearthed near Rome
ROME (AFP) - Seven Roman statues depicting one of the myths recounted by celebrated Latin poet Ovid have been unearthed in excellent condition during excavations at an ancient villa near the Italian capital, archaeologists said Wednesday.
"We had known for a while that there were traces in the area of Valerio Messala," a rich Roman general who was patron to Ovid, said Ms Elena Calandra, superintendent for archaeology in the Lazio region.
"We carried out exploratory digs before authorising the full-scale evacuation, and found Messala's swimming pool with the seven statues at the bottom," she said.
The two-metre-high statues are "in an excellent state of conservation," she added.