Ancient Lycian Sarcophagus at Aperlae, Antalya, Turkey
Aperlae was a small town on the southern coast of ancient Lycia. It was founded sometime between the late 4th and early 3rd centuries BC and sustained a long lifespan of about 1,300 years, ending at the end of the 7th century AD. Harsh terrain made it difficult to survive, but like other towns along the coast, it thrived on the production of Tyrian dye. When the Byzantine Empire declined and their authority began to deteriorate, security of the coast failed and Aperlae was abandoned due to the threat of pirate raids and Arab corsairs.