Menbij منبج (ancient Hierapolis هيرابوليس)

Virtually nothing remains today of the architecture of ancient Hierapolis, the site of the famed Temple of the ‘Syrian Goddess’ (Atargatis) described at length in the work of the ancient author Lucian (‘De Dea Syriae’). Atargatis, the consort of the Semitic god, Hadad, enjoyed a fearsome reputation for the bloody sacrifices performed in her name. […]