Istanbul’s mayor revealed on Thursday that an ancient statue of the Greek deity Pan had been found in the city.
Ekrem Imamoglu announced on social media that a Roman-era marble statue of Pan had been discovered at the Sarachane Archeology Park’s St. Polyeuctus Byzantine church. The relic is thought to be 1700 years old.
The half-man, half-goat deity of the wild, shepherds, and country music in Greek mythology was known as Pan, and he also represented fertility.
Another monument from the Roman Empire was unearthed in April at the public archeological park in the heart of Istanbul.