The ancient city of Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological
sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. Aphrodisias lies in
the Maeander River basin, in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of
the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city's
patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence
from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. Today, many
of the city's ancient monuments remain standing, and EXCAVATIONS have
unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artifacts. The great
beauty and extraordinary preservation of this site combine to bring
the civic culture of the Graeco-Roman world vividly to life.
Archaeological research at Aphrodisias is sponsored by the Institute
of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts and Science
of New York University.
Photographs of Aphrodisias by Benjamin