Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman period in Turkey. Aphrodisias lies in the Meander River basin in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city’s patron goddess of love, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. This site has been excavated since 1961 by Prof. Kenan Erim under the auspices of New York University. Within the borders of Caria, during the Roman period, Ahrodisias became an artistic center with a famous school of sculpture. It was home to several renowned scholars, writers, and philosophers, most notably Xenocrates.
World Heritage Tentative List: Archaeological Site of Aphrodisias
Some selected examples (please click on pictures to enlarge):