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Column with Artemis Figure
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The main street of Perge, the cardo, was flanked on both sides by hundreds of columns.

On this column, the Greek deity Artemis, carrying a bow, arrows, a torch, and a luminous crown, stands out in high relief. The column is crowned with an acanthus leafed Corinthian capital.

During the days of Paul, Artemis was the chief deity of the city, and a great temple to Artemis Pergaea was located here (not yet discovered).


The north–south Cardo, along which this column stands, was close to 985 ft. [300 m.] long — stretching from the nymphaeum in the north to the Hellenistic City Gate on the south side of the city.

For a column with a toga-clad male in high relief click here.

For a brief description of the biblical and historical significance of Perge click here.