A fully excavated floor mosaic depicting 'The Abduction of Persephone' -- based on a Greek myth in which Pluto abducts Persephone as Hermes, the messenger of the gods, leads the chariot. Photo by Ho/Greek Culture Ministry/AFP
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Paintings of daily life have been discovered on columns at Greece's biggest ancient tomb at Amphipolis in the northern region of Macedonia, the Greek Culture Ministry has said.The paintings may help solve the mystery of who is buried at the highly decorated tomb from the era of Alexander the Great. A skeleton was found at the site earlier this month."We will have the first indications [of the identity] after the bones are examined at an anthropological laboratory," said Lisa Mendoni, a top Culture Ministry official.Archaeologists had to dig their way past huge sphinxes, break through a wall guarded by two caryatids and empty out an antechamber decorated with stunning mosaics to finally find the tomb's occupant.
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