Museopics - Pictures of Aphrodisias Museum Artefact, Antiquities & Exhibits { 586 images } Created 16 Jan 2015

Pictures photos images of Roman Art relief sculpture freezes from the Temples of Aphrodisias. The images of Roman Sculptures show Goddesses & Roman Emperors. Aphrodisias was a small city in Caria, on the southwest coast of Asia Minor, Turkey, about 230 km (140 miles) south-east of ?zmir and about 100 km (62 mi) inland from the coast. Aphrodisias was built near a marble quarry that was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and sculpture in marble from Aphrodisias became famous in the Roman world. Many examples of statuary have been unearthed in Aphrodisias, and some representations of the Aphrodite of Aphrodisias also survive from other parts of the Roman world. The Temple of Aphrodite was a focal point of the town. The Aphrodisian sculptors became renowned and benefited from a plentiful supply of marble close at hand. The school of sculpture was very productive; much of their work can be seen around the site and in the museum. The character of the temple building was altered when it became a Christian basilica. The building is believed to have been dismantled in c. 481-484 by order of Emperor Zeno, because the temple had been the focus of Pagan Hellenic opposition against Zeno in Aphrodisias, in support of Illus, who had promised to restore Hellenic rites, which had been suppressed during the Persecution of pagans in the late Roman Empire, to the temples that where still standing.

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