Written historical information about Aphrodisas is not enough. As for Byzantian historian Stephanos, its earlier name was Lelegonpolis because of its settlement by Lelegians and Pelasgians. The name was changed to Megalopolis and then to Ninoe. The name Aphrodisias was inspired from Aphrodite, the Greek myth, which was a popular source of inspiration during the Hellenic period. But unlikely the goddess of love Aphrodite, Aphrodisias was more like Cybele, the goddess of earth and prosperity, or Artemis of Ephesus.
Mythical references were also widely common in Aphrodisas as in other East Roman cities, like Ephesus. The findings from the south portico of the Sebasteion reveal the Roman emperors facing the Greek heroes. The sculptures of Aphrodisias were the fabulous examples of art.
Yet Aphrodisias is not the most visited archaeological site, but honestly deserves a visit with its unique findings. And, therefore, should be in your sightseeing agenda together with the popular must-see Ephesus tour with a 150 km drive.