An unavoidable attraction and challenge for Macedonian archeology is the city of Philip II of Macedon, Heraclea Lyncestis. Built in 359 B.C. as a strategic center on the northwest border of the Macedonian province of Lyncestida, its past stretches to the late Bronze Age.

The region around Heraclea Lyncestis is well known as the battlefield between the Macedonian ruler Philip II and the Romans. After the city falls under the Roman Empire, Heraclea becomes an important strategic, economical, and cultural center on the Balkan. The region was of such an importance that even the Roman Emperor Neron visited Heraclea. At the end of the 5th century the city falls under Byzantine authority and soon after was destroyed in an earthquake.

Archeological finding from Heraclea can be found even in the most prominent museums in the World. In the British Museum the statue of the orator Eshil and another unidentified statue of a poet are found. In 1931 the statue of Atena Partenos is found and send to Belgrade for lab examination; it was never returned back.

Today, on the eve of the Twenty-First Century, Heraclea, full of clandestine mysteries, manages to oppose time, manages to live with us, unveiling its secrets and cursing oblivion. The projects undertaken for the conservation and restoration of particular objects in Heraclea are not mere nostalgic fancies after a vanished world but manifestations of respect for the life and destiny of a truly memorable city--a city in ruins with much to offer, deserving to be visited again and again.

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