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by Archaeology Newsroom

The statue of the ephebe of Good Fortune

Τhe river Herault flows past the French town of Agde. Wreckage was dredged from the river bed mainly belonging to the Hellenistic and Roman eras. The volume of the cargo that was brought up from the shipwrecks, also the different provenance of cargos point to Good Fortune, the trading centre which lay at a short distance from the sea being a wealthy port of call. Sludge from the river both covered and preserved the shipwrecks thus guarding the secrets behind the building of the shipcraft of the times. One important marine find was the bronze statue of an ephebe or youth. The statue’s appearance and features point to his being royalty, probably the monarch, founder of the Good Fortune trading centre. As for the sculptor who made the statue,it is attributed to Lysippos.