who, after the capture of that town, was driven by the storm that separated the Greek fleet, onto the coast of Cyprus. The inhabitants of Marion were probably also transferred to this new city after its destruction in 312 BC by Ptolemy. 2, 3) records a visit of the youthful Titus to Paphos before he acceded to the empire, who inquired with much curiosity into its history and antiquities. Paphos Archaeological Park covers most of the important ancient Greek and Roman City and is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding ancient remains.
A hoard of unused silver coins (in the Cyprus museum) found under the Hellenistic House and dating to the end of the 4th c. 26, Epistle 91) that Paphos was nearly destroyed by an earthquake, it is difficult to say to which of the towns he refers. 23) relates that it was restored by Augustus, and called "Augusta" in his honour; but though this name has been preserved in inscriptions, it never supplanted the ancient one in popular use. The most significant remains so far discovered are four large and elaborate Roman villas: the House of Dionysos, the House of Orpheus, the House of Aion and the House of Theseus, all with superb preserved mosaic floors.
The city has a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with the mildest temperatures on the island.
Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world's heritage for its spectacular ancient remains, and was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2017, along with Aarhus.
Pygmalion was so devoted to the cult of Aphrodite that he removed the statue to his palace and kept it on his couch.
The author of Bibliotheke, the Hellenistic encyclopedia of myth long attributed to Apollodorus, gives the genealogy.The current city of Paphos lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km (30 mi) west of Limassol (the biggest port on the island), which has an A6 highway connection.Paphos International Airport is the country's second-largest airport.700 BC), as the grove and altar of Aphrodite at Paphos are mentioned in the Odyssey (viii. Archaeology has established that Cypriots venerated a fertility goddess before the arrival of the Greeks, in a cult that combined Aegean and eastern mainland aspects.Female figurines and charms found in the immediate vicinity date as far back as the early third millennium.