Aphrodisias the city of love?

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  1. wittwolf

    wittwolf Well-Known Member

    Yesterday I happily received an awesome provincial bronze coin from the reign of Gallienus:
    Its from the city of Aphrodisias in Caria - Modern day Turkey. The reverse features the temple of Aphrodite from that place which basically must have been a love cult?:
    Gallienus Aphrosidias.png
    I wonder if the temple front featured on this coin is this one which is still standing today:
    If this is the same temple and it really looks alot like it this would be my first ancient coin featuring a building still standing today :happy:

    Anyways feel free to post your coins from Aphrosidias or related to the Aphrodite cult <3
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Tetrastyle temple with an arched pediment? It HAS to be the same temple!

    Very cool!!!
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  4. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    Nice acquisition!

    Here's a pseudo-autonomous.
    Caria, Aphrodisias. Senate / Prize crown AE26
    Obv: IEΡA CYNKΛHTOC. Diademed and draped bust of the Senate right.
    Rev: AΦΡOΔEICIEΩN, Prize crown inscribed ΓOΡΔIANHA, with palm branch on table with lions' feet, ATTAΛHA in three lines between two purses below.
    ca. 238 - 249.
  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter μεγάλος βασιλιάς

    Looks indeed like it is the same temple. Great find!
  6. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's a neat coin with its temple reverse. I also always enjoy these provincials of Gallienus where the portraits look almost nothing like Gallienus. :D I only have one coin from this city. It doesn't have a temple on the reverse, but apparently the reverse with three trees in an enclosure relates to the birth of Aphrodite's lover Adonis.

    Valerian II - Caria Aphrodisias AE22 3691.jpg VALERIAN II
    AE22. 3.9g, 22.1mm. CARIA, Aphrodisias, circa AD 256-258. SNG Cop -; SNG von Aulock -; Milne, Notes on the Oxford Collection (NC, 1938), pg 257, 4. O: ЄΠIΦ KAI ΠOK OP OVAΛЄPIANOC, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. R: AΦPOΔЄICIЄWN, Lattice enclosure (temenos) containing three leafless, upright branches.
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