Sunday, July 2, 2017

Figure 07

© 2017 David E. Graves
The Sebasteion (σεβαστός, Sebastos = Lat. Augustus, AD 5) or Augusteum, in Aphrodisias (in modern Turkey) was jointly dedicated, according to a first cent. inscription on its propylon, “to Aphrodite, the Divine Sebastoi [Augusti] and the municipalities” (Άφροδίτηι, θεοῖς Σεβαστοῖς, τῶι δήμωι; Joyce Maire Reynolds, “Further Information on the Imperial Cult at Aphrodisias,” Studii Clasice 24 (1986): 111). The temple was used by the imperial cult to honor Augustus.

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