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Isparta 19062012_2810.jpg
19-Jun-2012 Dick Osseman

Isparta 19062012_2810.jpg

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Men, the local god.

Statue in Hellenistic style, Roman period, +/- 2nd century AD.

Men (Greek: Μήν, Latin: Mensis, also known at Antioch in Pisidia/Yalvaç as ‘Men Ascaënus’) was a god worshipped in the western interior parts of Anatolia. Ancient writers describe Men as a local god of the Phrygians, protector of the weak and the poor, and source of health and good fortune. As lunar symbolism dominates his iconography, he is mostly characterised as a ‘moon god’.
Men had his main sanctuary on top of a 1600m high mountain near Antioch in Pisidia (nowadays Yalvaç, 105 km northeast of Isparta), where its remains – called ‘Gemen Korusu’ in Turkish - can still be visited.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: (amongst others) Wikipedia.

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