Ruins of Aphrodisias, Turkey
Aphrodisias was the metropolis (provincial capital) of the region and Roman province of Caria. The city had notable schools for sculpture, as well as philosophy, remaining a center of paganism until the end of the 5th century
The stadium was used for athletic events until the theatre was badly damaged by a 7th-century earthquake, requiring part of the stadium to be converted for events previously staged in the theatre.
The Temple of Aphrodite was a focal point of the town, but the character of the building was altered when it became a Christian basilica.