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Hierapolis necropolis inside grave

Hierapolis necropolis inside grave

Hierapolis is (Enc. Britt.) an “ancient Phrygian city in southwestern Turkey. … It was probably established by Eumenes II of Pergamum in 190 BC. It became a sacred city (hieron), its chief religious festival being the Letoia, named after the goddess Leto, a local variant of the Great Mother of the Gods, who was honoured with orgiastic rites. There was also a worship of Apollo Lairbenos. Hierapolis was rebuilt during the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius in approximately AD 14–37 and survived until 1334, when it was abandoned after an earthquake. Extensive ruins, excavated since the 19th century, include baths, a gymnasium, an agora, and a Byzantine church.

The necropolis is rather extensive, with a type of chamber-like grave, see the picture.


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Dick Osseman29-Apr-2009 21:35
Being an educated man I do not for a moment doubt what is the language used. Being a polite man I do not want to bother my audience with obvious knowledge.

I do receive a lot of offence from Greek viewers, lots of it along the childish, whining lines of your comment. Some Greek people seem to think we owe them a debt, and I don't agree. Whatever the ancient Greeks did or thought or invented has nothing to do with current Greece. I feel indebted to some of them (and not all, for sure). But I am glad I don't owe the likes of you a thing.

For that reason I do not generally publish comment like yours.

You made me so angry I break my rule. For anybody stupid enough to think I might consider Aphrosias is a Turkish word, I state it is not. For the rest I stick with the Encyclopaedia Britannica. You may notice it does not refer to Greeks either in the text I quote. So I suggest you take your hurt pride to that Encyclopaedia and complain. Their laughter will be Homeric.

And could you do something about that dreadful English of yours?
Athina Ioannidis 29-Apr-2009 20:12
I wonder which launguage is the names of the cities? Ierapolis and Afrodisias...
turkish?no!
Roman?...nooo!
GREEK maybe, sir?
YES!!!!!!!
Is it so hard, for you, to mention The Greeks???
or you are so irrelevant about history??