Spring 2016

Memory, Commemoration & Identity in an Ancient City: The Case of Aphrodisias

Angelos Chaniotis
Using the case study of the ancient city of Aphrodisias in modern-day Turkey, Angelos Chaniotis explores how civic, religious, and social identities competed and overlapped in ancient Greece. By analyzing the content, context, and changing uses of stone inscriptions in Aphrodisias, Chaniotis constructs a centuries-long narrative of shifting identities, concluding in the mid-seventh century CE, when the “City of Aphrodite” was rechristened as Stauropolis, the “City of the Cross.”
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