ANATOLIA 2010
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PHRODISIAS 2

APHRODISIAS 1

APHRODISIAS 2

APHRODISIAS 3

APHRODISIAS 4

APHRODISIAS 5

Aphrodite

Ditto

Woman with mask

Goddess Europa

Aphrodite or Apollo

Aphrodite

Apollo

Aphrodite

Aphrodite

The "daughters" of Aphrodite
("The Three Graces", who we are calling "Wise Women")

Satyr

Satyr

Satyr (only underpart) with snake ("death and rebirth") and leaves (vegetation)

A Satyr with the child Dionysos

It proves our point: The Satyr represents an earlier stage of vegetation Gods in the same lineage as Dionysos. As being a creature of the "primitive" past, he is usually portrayed as half animal, half human .

The famous Sebasteion
"Wise Women" or Goddesses from surrounding "barbarian" parts of the Roman empire. Under the statues are heads of Pan, Satyrs or....Green Men, clearly portrayed as her protector, servant....It shows that "backward" countries still worshipped the traditional concept of (Mother)Goddess and Her Son/Lover
The beginning of a fascinating series of "Green Men". They are from regions like Bess, Thracia, Judaea, Dacia.....Since Aphrodisias was a place of celebration.....the Green Men are characterized by lush guirlandes of leaves, flowers and fruits.....
The decapitation or damage on the faces wasn't done by Muslims, but by Christians.....

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