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Turkey puts repaired Hercules statue on display
Weary Herakles ("Herakles Farnese" type), Roman, Imperial Period, mid‑ to late 2nd century A.D. Marble, probably from Paros or Aphrodisias. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Leon Levy and Shelby White and Museum purchase with funds donated by the Jerome Levy Foundation. Photo: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ANKARA (AP).- Turkey is displaying a full statue of Hercules for the first time since a U.S. museum returned the top half after two decades of negotiations.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts last month returned the top half of Weary Heracles, Greek for Hercules. Turkey says the top piece was stolen from an archaeological site in Turkey in 1980 and smuggled to the U.S.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew the 1,900-year-old statue back with him at the end of a trip to the U.S. in September.

Turkish Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay inaugurated the display of the statue with both parts rejoined at a museum in Antalya on Sunday.

Gunay said Turkey was determined to retrieve other artifacts believed to be smuggled out of the country.


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