Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna

Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna (HM291F)

Location: , İzmir 35240 Konak
Country: Turkey
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N 38° 25.142', E 27° 8.305'

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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.
HM NumberHM291F
Placed ByIzmir Chamber of Commerce
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Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)26S E 487916 N 4252318
Decimal Degrees38.41903333, 27.13841667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 25.142', E 27° 8.305'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 25' 8.5200" N, 27° 8' 18.3000" E
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Area Code(s)205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 153 920. Sk., İzmir 35240, TR
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