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The Incense-Altar of Aphrodite at Paphos

Nature volume 85, page 323 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



AN interesting article by Dr. Max Ohnefalsch-Richter appears in Globus of November 17 (xcviii., pp. 293–7), m which he brings forward data to prove his earlier supposition that the first site of Paphos was in the neighbourhood of Randi, in Cyprus. Certain inscriptions from this vicinity showed that Aphrodite, “the unconquerable,” sender of Spring, was worshipped, and that an ancient incense-altar had existed there. The block containing the most important inscription is held by Prof. Richard Meister, of Leipzig, to belong to an incense-altar, and he adds that the incense-altar of Aphrodite at Paphos (Homer, VIII., 362; Homeric Hymns, IV., 59) was famous from earliest times.

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