The important finding unearthed during excavations conducted by the Hellenic Research Institute of the Alexandrian Civilization (HRIAC) under the direction of archaeologist Calliope Limneou-Papakosta was formally presented in the National Museum of Alexandria on Oct. 7.
The 80 cm-tall statue was found buried under 8 meters of soil and depicts a young man in standing position bearing all the characteristics found in the “epic” portraits of Alexander the Great. The discovery was made on May 4 during excavations in Alexandria’s Shalalat Gardens.
Alexandria Governor Adel Labib expressed satisfaction for the most important discovery made in Alexandria in recent times and stated that the responsible agencies in Egypt will support the excavations conducted by the Greek archaeologist.
The statue presentation attended Egyptian authorities, members of the Greek Community, a Patriarchate of Alexandria representative, Greece’s Consul General to Alexandria and representatives of institutions.
HRIAC director Kalliopi Limneou-Papakosta referring to the marble statue had described it as “a very important Hellenistic statue, very rare in terms of craftsmanship and beauty, and one that depicts a great figure of Hellenic history.”