Theodoret’s Digs

Here’s some photos from Theodoret’s hometown of Cyrrhus in northern Syria. Theodoret was famously outspoken on the ‘errors’ of pagan gods. In his Ellenikon Therapeutike Pathematon (“Remedy for Greek [i.e. pagan] Maladies”), he condemned representations of Venus as “more shameless than that of any prostitute standing in front of a brothel” (3.79) and caricatured Dionysos ‚Äúthat limb-loosener and effeminate creature” (3.80).

Cyrrhus
Ruins of Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Cyrrhus theatre
The theatre at Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Cyrrhus
Acropolis fortifications, Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Roman bridge near Cyrrhus
Roman bridge (still in use) near Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

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