Aphrodisias has a well-preserved body of more than 2,000 inscriptions, ranging for the most part from c. 200 BC to c. AD 600. There is an extraordinary density of public inscriptions in the early and middle imperial period. They provide a crucial written ancient commentary on the political, religious, and social structures of which the buildings and statues were physical representations . The ideas and cultural values of local society are articulated in the inscriptions with extraordinary clarity. Honorific texts inscribed on statue bases are abundant, while three unusual monuments of ancient public writing stand out: the Archive Wall, Diocletian’s Price Edict, and the unique Jewish Community List.

Information about these inscriptions is listed here in gallery form.

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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism New York University University of Oxford


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