By Chris Lightfoot

Even though much less popular than a few Anatolian websites, it really is Amorium's value as an enormous payment after the Roman interval that makes it so very important. The excavation programme's major objective has been to make clear the Byzantine payment that flourished the following until eventually the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try and fill in many of the gaps within the archaeology, and to convey the town and its background again to lifestyles.

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37 History and Archaeology Inscribed fragment built into the Upper City walls (Roman, 2nd-3rd century AD). fications of Amorium. However, two fragments of an inscribed architrave, found in the narthex of the Lower City church, belong to a public monument and refer to an emperor who can be identified as either Tiberius (AD 14-37) or Claudius (AD 41-54). In 2004 a large inscribed block was found re-used in the foundations of a Byzantine wall. Although fragmentary, part of all nine lines of the inscription is preserved, indicating that the block served as a tomb marker, set up by a man named in large letters at the top as Athena[ios].

Although fragmentary, part of all nine lines of the inscription is preserved, indicating that the block served as a tomb marker, set up by a man named in large letters at the top as Athena[ios]. The inscription probably dates from the first half of the 3rd century AD. One of the finest inscriptions from Inscribed architrave fragment of the Julio-Claudian period, reused in the narthex of the Lower City Church (Roman, ca. AD 14-54). 38 Amorium The inscriptions found at Amorium give an insight into the varied social and economic status of the city’s inhabitants.

The Afyonkarahisar Archaeological Museum are recorded as coming from the site. The bronze coins of the city mint comprise a limited number of types, most of which have the ruling emperor’s portrait on the obverse, while one of the most interesting of the Cast of a coin of the emperor Commodus (AD 180-192) minted at Amorium and said to have been found at the site (courtesy of the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara). 35 History and Archaeology reverse types shows a reclining river god. The relevance of this imagery may seem puzzling until it is remembered that the headwaters of the Sangarius (Sakarya) river are located within the city’s territory.

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