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A statue of the goddess Venus was recently unearthed in Macedonia at the Roman town of Scupi, a major religious and administrative center from the first century A.D. until an earthquake destroyed it in 518. Nearly six feet tall, the work is an example of a type known as the "Venus Pudentis," or "Shy Venus," for its demure pose.
"We found her buried where the Roman bathhouse used to be," says Skopje City Museum archaeologist Marina Oncevska, who points out that a dolphin—one of the goddess's symbols—rests on the statue's leg. "She was sculpted to be seen by people relaxing in the water," says Oncevska. "We expect to find more statues like her as we continue our work here."