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Thursday, May 8, 2014

See Aphrodisia and the Temple of Aphrodite, Anatolia, Turkey

Explore the Roman ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite at the base of the Tarsus Mountains in Turkey.

Dedicated to the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodisia was a ceremonial city between 200 BCE and 200 CE. A gathering place to enjoy athletic competitions in a stadium holding 30,000 spectators. An artisan colony were sculptors created masterpieces in local marble. A resort for the spirit with market places and baths.


Before the Romans, the Greeks; before the Greeks, this was a sacred site for honoring the Earth Mother. 

Walk the green hills with their wild poppies, sit on a marble bench in the Odeon, or City Council meeting hall, spot a wild spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca ibera) basking in the mountain sunshine.

Spend an Earth Minute in a distant place and time.

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