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Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna

Smyrna'daki imparatorluk Kültü'nün Neokoros'u

 
 
Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
1. Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna Marker
Inscription.
English Text:

Inscribed base of a statue of Claudius Aristophanes Aurelianus, neocorus of the cult of the emperor at Smyrna (end of 2nd beginning of 3rd century A.D.).

When used for a person the term neocorus meant "servant of the temple" (temple sweeper). But when used for cities the term was a title indicating that the city in question had constructed a temple for the cult of the Emperor. This title, which could only be assumed with the emperors' permission, led to much competition among cities. Smyrna received this title three times. Pergamum and Ephesus, Smyrna's rivals, each took the title twice. It was always a source of pride for Smyrna that she had received the title more times than other cities.

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Turkish Text:

Smyrna'daki imparatorluk Kültü'nün neokros'u olan Claudius Aristophanes Aurelianus'un heykelini taşıyan yazıtlı kaide (M.S. 2. yy sonu-3. yy başı).

Kişiler için "tapınak hizmetkarı" anlamında kullanılan neokoros (tapınak süpürgecisi) terimi, şehirler için kullanıldığıncia ise o kentin imparatorluk Küllil tapınağı inşa ettiğini gösteren bir ünvan olmaktadır. İmparatorlann izniyle alınan ve şehirler arasında rekabete

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By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
2. Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna Marker
Distant view of two markers, each next to inscribed stonework that each marker is referencing. The featured marker is the marker on the far right.
yol açan Neokoros ünvan!, Smyrna tarafından üç kez alınmıştır. Smyma'nın yarış halinde olduğu Pergamon ve Ephesos bu ünvanı iki kez almışlardır. Smyrna bu ünvan' diğer kentlerden daha fazla almış olması ile daima övünmüştür.

 
Erected by Izmir Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 25.142′ N, 27° 8.305′ E. Marker is in Izmir, Izmir Province. Marker can be reached from Tarik Sari Sokağı just east of Eşrefpaşa Cd., on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is situated in the Smyrna archaeological park, which is in a business/residential neighborhood. This particular marker is located in the basement area of the agora's porticoes. Marker is in this post office area: Izmir, Izmir Province 35240, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honorary Inscription (here, next to this marker); The Basement of the West Portico (a few steps from this marker); Water Channels (a few steps from this marker); The Dream of Alexander the Great (a few steps from this marker); The West Portico (within shouting
Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
3. Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna Marker
View of visitors at the featured marker, situated in the basement of the west porticoes of the Smyrna Agora.
distance of this marker); The Ancient City of Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Ancient City of Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker); The Agora of Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Izmir.
 
More about this marker. Note, I was not certain of this marker's exact GPS location, as I was part of a tour and needed to keep moving to try to keep up, so my basement portico locations are all guesstimates.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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