The town of Stybera was located at the small hill Bedem near Cepigovo, in the central part of Pelagonia. It was known of ever since the Roman -Macedonian wars as a base from which the Macedonian King Perseus commenced his campaigns against the Peneustinian towns. Its location on a relatively narrow hill, where the Diagonal Road that lead from Heraclea to Stobi used to join the road that went down the river Ergion from the ore-reach Demir Hisar, during the Roman period enabled the town to evolve in an important urban agglomeration. Especially active was the town's gymnasium. The excavated shrine, dedicated to the town's protector Tyche, was partially "privatized" by the donors, who in 127 reconstructed it and paid 5,000 silver Roman denarii to effectuate their testament. The donors were: Anastasia Fusca with her brothers Trophim and Christ, Titus Flavius Orestus with his son Phyloxen, Marcus Vetius, and Gaius Julius Capiton. Thus, the busts of Orestus and Phyloxen were placed in the shrine itself, while Anastasia Fusca chose rather interesting way to outlive her physical disappearance. Stybera failed to resist the attacks of Goths in 268 A.D., so that nearly all physical traces discovered in it cease to exist after that year. The town was never rebuilt, which is obvious from the fact that the archaeological artifacts were almost intact when excavated. Numerous marble statues were discovered in the position they were left by the Goths after devastating the town. Today, due to the almost untouched state of the ruins, Stybera is sometimes called the Macedonian Pompeii, since there also because of the lava everything is as the hot mass petrified it.

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