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As a rule, in the Greek city-states temples were built for the deities whose cult had an official character. The temple, in the view of the Greeks, was the dwelling of God. Usually it contained a statue of a god, religious objects, various gifts and other temple utensils. In the same 60s. of the last century on the excavations of Tyra, a particularly unusual terracotta of the 3rd-2nd centuries was found. BC, representing a nude Aphrodite with a large round medallion on her chest. Aphrodite was widely revered in ancient Greece, she was the goddess of love and beauty, nature, eternal spring and life, and was also considered the patroness of navigation, fertility, marriage and even childbirth. The cult of Aphrodite infiltrated Thira with the first Greek colonists and was very popular among city dwellers (although it remains a private cult) throughout the ancient era.