ANATOLIA 2010
HIERAPOLIS 1

HIERAPOLIS 1

HIERAPOLIS 2

HIERAPOLIS 3

Hierapolis: the ultimate triumph. Immediately after having entered the museum garden.....

......I saw these exceptionally beautiful Green Men. And they were not "precursors" but "classical" Green Men, originating from the Roman Agora (2. century C.E.). 

Unbelievable!

 

Sarcophage

Goddess Medusa, although oppressed by the rationalists (Apollo, Athena), apparently still trusted at the moment of death!

Isis! It proves how open the Romans were for all kinds of religious sects

A very rare statue of Attis

Here a sequence of the Dionysian cult e.g. worship is portrayed. Through the dancing maenads one gets a real feel of the ecstasy

"The death of Marsyas", story unknown to me

The death of Marsyas. The interestring thing is that he dies on the pillar, in Canaan called "Asherah". Some argue that Christ also died on an "Asherah", rather than the cross. The cross has been "invented" later as a symbol of power...

The hot spring. I didn't go into it. No time.....
In the ruins in front of the theatre several faces with guirlandes. They can be classified ss Green Men

Except this face. It belongs to Medusa, the Gorgon Goddess

Beautiful bunch of leaves

hiera-41.jpg (16927 bytes) Just in the middle of rubble. A Green Man upside down (left). It shows how tricky it is to discover Green Men. For the photo I put him nicely upright

Wild anemones....

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