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Aphrodisiaslocked

  • Kenan T. Erim
  •  and Kalinka Huber

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Hellenistic and Roman site in south-west Caria, Asia Minor (modern Turkey), on a plateau in the Baba Dag mountains above a tributary valley of the Maeander (Büyük Menderes).

Kenan T. Erim

As its name suggests, Aphrodisias was a major cult centre of a goddess of nature and fertility, originally of local character but eventually influenced by other similar Anatolian and Near Eastern divinities. She was identified with Aphrodite only in late Hellenistic times, so the use of the name Aphrodisias for the site must also be dated to that time; Stephanos of Byzantium indicated that it was also known by other names (...

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Enciclopedia dell’arte antica, classica e orientale, 7 vols and suppls (Rome, 1958–73)
R. Stillwell, ed.: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (Princeton, 1976)