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Archaeological Collection of Pythagorio

The Archaeological Collection of Pythagorio is housed at the ground floor of the Town Hall, a building constructed in early 20th century, after the liberation of the island. The building was restored after the end of the World War II, because it had suffered extended damages; in 1990s’ restoration works had been undertaken anew, especially at the eastern part of the building.

The most important collections of the museum comprise numerous archaic steles, busts of marble presenting several Roman emperors, pottery from the 9th century b.C. up to the 2nd century b.C and various artifacts and objects of every day life of ancient times.
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The most important of the exhibits are: the marble statue of a seated male figure, presenting Aeakes, the father of the tyrant Polycrates; Aeakes had vowed the stature to Hera and the statue was paid from the profit Aeakes had obtained from piracy; the statue was found at Pythagorio and it is dated in circa 540 b.C. A monumental sarcophagus in a temple’s shape, made of marble, is dated in the second half of the 6th century. There are also two funerary steles, a small porous inscribed and crowned with a palmette, dated in circa 530 b.C., and a marble one also crowned with a palmette; the latter has been found at Chora and it is dated in early 5th century b.C.

From the Roman period we should mention the 2,70 m. high statue of emperor Trajan, made of marble and the busts of emperors Augustus and Claudius, also made of marble and of a height of 49 cm and 53 cm respectively.
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