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Sanctuary of Aphrodite Paphia

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Rose Gatlin, Hayley Curtis Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
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A major sanctuary to Aphrodite on Cyprus; activity is found as early as the 3rd millennium BCE.

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sanctuary (religious center)


Although the origins of cult at Palaipaphos are unclear (in addition to information about the early history of Palaipaphos itself), there is evidence of cult practices dating back to the Bronze Age. Very little remains of the original sanctuary today due to an earthquake and reconstruction in the Roman Period, but due to continuous votive deposits it can be assumed that it most likely existed during the Archaic and Classical periods as well. This site was one of the best-known sanctuaries devoted to the goddess Aphrodite and, although not much of the original structure remains, it is described as an important center of worship in several different literary accounts and many travelers made pilgrimages to see the famous aniconic rock representation of Aphrodite. The Sanctuary itself is built in a Near-Eastern temple style with an open court, and religious scholars have connected the practices common on this site to religious traditions in the Near East. 


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Rose Gatlin, Hayley Curtis, Jeffrey Becker, and Thomas Landvatter, 'Sanctuary of Aphrodite Paphia: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 29 May 2023]

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