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Ancient Greek Coins of Laodicea ad Lycus
Laodiceia ad Lycum was founded probably by Antiochus II Theos (261 - 46 B.C.), and named after his wife Laodice. The principal deity of the city was Laodicean Zeus or Zeus Aseis. "Aseis" may be linked to the Arabic "aziz" which means powerful and may indicate Syrian influence on the cult. Laodiceia's cosmopolitan population included many people of Syrian origin. There was also a large and prosperous Jewish community whose members had freedom of worship. Laodicea is one of the oldest homes of Christianity and the seat of one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse.
|on the Lycus was on the river Lycus (Curuksu), in , later the Roman Province of Pacatiana, now near the modern city of Denizli, Turkey. It was to one of the Seven churches of in the Book of Revelation. In 2013 the archaeological site was identified as a of World Heritage Site. Its ruins attest to its former greatness. Its many buildings include a stadium, , temples, a gymnasium, theaters, and a bouleuterion (Senate House). On the eastern , the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the gate; there are streets traversing the town, flanked by colonnades and numerous pedestals. of the town, towards the Lycus, are many sarcophagi, with their covers lying near them, partly embedded in the ground, and all having been long since rifled.|