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Lesson 3

An unknown goddess

无名女神

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  • Lesson 3
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  • An unknown goddess
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  • How did the archaeologists know that the statue was a goddess?
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  • Some time ago, an interesting discovery was made by archaeologists on the Aegean island of Kea.
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  • An American team explored a temple which stands in an ancient city on the promontory of Ayia Irini.
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  • The city at one time must have been prosperous,
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  • for it enjoyed a high level of civilization.
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  • Houses -- often three storeys high -- were built of stone.
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  • They had large rooms with beautifully decorated walls.
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  • The city was even equipped with a drainage system,
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  • for a great many clay pipes were found beneath the narrow streets.
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  • The temple which the archaeologists explored was used as a place of worship from the fifteenth century B.C. until Roman times.
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  • In the most sacred room of the temple, clay fragments of fifteen statues were found.
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  • Each of these represented a goddess and had, at one time, been painted.
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  • The body of one statue was found among remains dating from the 15th century B.C.
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  • Its missing head happened to be among remains of the fifth century B.C.
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  • This head must have been found in Classical times and carefully preserved.
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  • It was very old and precious even then.
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  • When the archaeologists reconstructed the fragments,
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  • they were amazed to find that the goddess turned out to be a very modern-looking woman.
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  • She stood three feet high and her hands rested on her hips.
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  • She was wearing a full-length skirt which swept the ground.
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  • Despite her great age, she was very graceful indeed,
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  • but, so far, the archaeologists have been unable to discover her identity.
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