Thursday, July 6, 2017

Figure 52

Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
© 2017 David E. Graves
Small reliefs of the mother goddess Cybele/Tyche. Her image frequently appeared on the coins of Smyrna. The worship of Cybele was introduced to Rome as Magna Mater (Gr. “great mother”) because the Romans believed that Aenaes, a member of the Trojan royal family, was their ancestor (30 BC–AD 395, from various sites in Western Anatolia).

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