Hermes Head Discovered in Athens c300BC.Greek Culture Ministry

City workers in the sewers of downtown Athens found themselves in the watchful eye of this fellow, a head of Hermes, the ancient herald of the gods in Greek mythology. He dates from 300 B.C. and is in excellent condition, authorities said. So how did he get in the sewer? He functioned originally as a street sign, stuck on top of a pole to signify the Hermes Highway; to get to the drawbridge, turn left at Hermes and Diana. At some point he was built into the wall of an aqueduct, out of harm’s way. The city grew on top of the aqueduct, which became part of the sewer system; after which he had a very long wait before anyone asked him how to get to the Diana Drawbridge. (Greek Culture Ministry)

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