ANATOLIA 2010
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PHRODISIAS 4

APHRODISIAS 1

APHRODISIAS 2

APHRODISIAS 3

APHRODISIAS 4

APHRODISIAS 5

Tetrapylon


The frieze includes Erotes (rejuvenated/reborn Gods) surrounded by vegetation. At the corner a Nymph/Goddess. Aphrodisias proves to be a very joyful place, indeed

Ruins of the Aphrodite Temple, later changed into a Christian basilica

The stadium to the right....

....to the left. A grandiose structure

Hadrian Baths

A big surprise. In between the rubble some beautiful paradise motives. The young Green Man is part of the vegetation, which indicates that "man as part of nature" was still cherished
Unless you become like a child......
The theater with "man-.beasts" carved in the proskenion-logeion, the structure with pillars on the stage.
The early stages of man identifying himself with the animal world. Since the animals belonged to the realm of the Great Mother, indeed born out of Her, the latter was also called "The Lady and Her beasts" (Son/Lover)
Gods with guirlandes
The most favorite beasts/Green Men were the bull and the goat, both symbols of strength, virility and fertility

Just a beautiful piece

Divine child and lion as part of vegetation

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