Today’s Friday photo is an image of the ruins of Aphrodisias, an ancient city in Turkey near to modern-day Denizli. During its ancient heyday, Aphrodisias was the site of flourishing sculpture production, although it suffered from earthquakes several times in its history. As the name suggests, the city was devoted to Aphrodite, and a temple in her honour was a major part of the urban landscape. As this photo attests, however, the city survived into the Christian period–seen in these Byzantine cross panels. They brought new symbolism into the temple when it was converted into a church for Christian worship. These panels are a beautiful reminder of the ways in which Hellenic and Roman traditions were incorporated into the new Christianity, endowing it with everything from the basilica form of church architecture to the iconography of Christ and his angels.