Cylindrical Altar, Metropolis


Ronnie Jones III
published on 15 June 2016
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Three altars dedicated to Ceasar Augustus are found in the theater on the site of the ancient city of Metropolis. Metropolis was a Greco-Roman city situated between two of the great cities of antiquity, Ephesus and Smyrna. The city possibly dates back to the Bronze Age since there are Hittite hieroglyphics that date to around that time. Though the city was founded in the 8th century BCE it did not flourish until the Hellenistic period. The city at some point or another was under the control of the Pontic King Mithridates VI, but then spent most of the first-century BCE onward under Roman control.

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Ronnie Jones III
In university Ronnie concentrated his studies on the Greco-Roman world while writing his senior thesis on the Reformation. He has studied Koine Greek and Hebrew at the masters level, and is currently studying Turkish.


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