According to MSNBCâ€™s Photoblog, a super strong storm hit the Med last week that unearthed a gorgeous Aphrodite figure. We suppose this is yet one more suggestion from the universe that pain = beauty.
The figure was found half-buried in the sand by a resident walking near the shore in the southern [Israeli] city of Ashkelon. In addition to the statue, experts identified pieces of a mosaic floor from whatâ€™s thought to have been a Roman bathhouse. The artifacts are part of a cliffside archaeological site that collapsed when high winds and waves hit the shore.
â€œThe sea gave us this amazing statue,â€ Yigal Israel, an archaeologist with the Israeli Antiquities Authority, told Reuters. The statue stands about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall and weighs about 440 pounds (200 kilograms). Itâ€™s thought to date back to the Roman occupation of what was western Judea, between 1,700 and 2,000 years ago.