Dio, the holy city of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom, has been found during an archaeological dig in northern Greece.
GV PAN Ruins of Dio, near Pieria, in northern Greece. (2 SHOTS)
SV Greek Prime Minister George Rallis and delegation visiting excavation site.
CU Well-preserved mosaics. (4 SHOTS)
SV Prime Minister Rallis and delegation visiting local museum where excavated statues are kept.
SV & CU Statues in museum. (6 SHOTS)
GV PAN Excavation site with pillars and foundations. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Foundations PAN TO Rallis and delegation at excavation site.
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Background: Dio, the holy city of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom, has been found during an archaeological dig in northern Greece. The excavations unearthed an altar to Zeus, mosaics, statues and an amphitheatre.
SYNOPSIS: Dio was the holy city of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom's trio of cities. Along with Pella and Aegis, Dio dates back two-and-a-half thousand years. The finds made at the excavation site were important enough to tempt Greek Prime Minister George Rallis into a visit.
The archaeologists say that among the magnificently-preserved mosaics, they found clues that the ancient Greeks of the south worshipped the same gods as those of the north. Archaeologists unearthed an altar of the Temple of Zeus whose daughters, some of the Muses, were said to be born in nearby Pieria.
Some of the more valuable finds, statues of great beauty, and gold coins, are to be kept in the local museum. Dio, the archaeologists say, is an important historical find. From there, the heart of the Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great started his long campaign to conquer Asia.
Unfortunately, earthquakes have destroyed some of the houses and streets of Dio, but the foundations and pillars of the palaces are still clearly visible. For Prime Minister Rallis and his delegation, on interesting revelation of Ancient Greece.