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Roman work in Faliron stream

Last week's heavy rainfall in Athens has led to the discovery of a Roman marble statue which had been apparently dumped in a streambed in the southern suburbs, an archaeologist said yesterday. The 1.8-meter tall marble torso of a young man was spotted on Thursday night in the Pikrodafni streambed, in Palaio Faliron - near the intersection of Dimocratias and Pikrodafnis Streets - by a passer-by who alerted authorities, said Yiorgos Steinhauer, head of the Culture Ministry's local antiquities department. The first-century-AD work is a Roman copy of a fourth-century-BC classical original and possibly represents Apollo Lykeios. Steinhauer said the statue could have been recently discovered by builders during construction work, and dumped in the streambed for fear archaeologists might stop the works if alerted to the find. (Combined reports)

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