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Aphrodisias Museum

The visitor to the ancient city of Aphrodisias is first greeted by numerous sculpted architectural fragments within and around it's museum, a taste of how impressive this city, a major centre for ancient sculpture, must once have been.

 

Much of the museum was closed for refurbishment when we visited, which initially caused some disappointment, though the room still accessible was the largest and contains an impressive series of relief sculptures from the reign of Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD).

 

The reliefs originate from the Sebasteion (temple of the Emperors) of Aphrodisias, a complex defined by colonnades supporting a series of reliefs celebrating the imperial dynasties of the reigns of Tiberius through to Nero (built 20-60 AD and funded by two local families) mingled with scenes from Greek mythology. Claudius is by far the most prominent figure emongst the Emperors portrayed.

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Taken on September 14, 2009