‘Gladiator’ Roman Emperor statue of Marcus Aurelius unearthed in Turkey

A giant marbled statue of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been unearthed in Turkey.

A giant marbled statue of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been unearthed in Turkey.

Archaeologists have found the head, right arm and lower legs of the emperor, portrayed by Richard Harris in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator, in the mountains of southern Turkey.

Lower part of a leg and foot with sandal of the over life-size statue of Marcus  Aurelius found at Sagalassos in 2008, Burdur Museum | Life size statues,  Historical shoes, Marcus aurelius

The partial statue of Aurelius, who reigned from 161AD until his death in 180AD, was found in the largest room at Sagalassos’s Roman baths.

Huge Marcus Aurelius statue uncovered in ancient Turkish city of Sagalassos

The baths, partially destroyed in an earthquake between 540AD and 620AD, have been excavated by archaeologists for the past 12 years.

Lower part of a leg and foot with sandal of the over life-size statue of Marcus  Aurelius found at Sagalassos in 2008, Burdur Museum | Life size statues, Life  size, Statue