Aphrodite Washed Ashore

Written by Bryce

Well, that’s incredible!

According to MSNBC’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 what’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.

“The sea gave us this amazing statue,” 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). It’s thought to date back to the Roman occupation of what was western Judea, between 1,700 and 2,000 years ago.

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Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, planes with WiFi, summer clothes, & Sucre brown butter truffles. Bryce's aim is to do to luxury what Elton John did to being gay. Follow her on twitter @brycegruber

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