Mark R. Fairchild

FOLLOW THE WATER-LINED ROAD. A now-headless statue of the river god Kestros reclines at the nymphaeum, or fountain, at the end of Perga’s main street, the Cardo Maximus, at the base of the city’s acropolis. A small waterfall under the statue would have fed the freshwater channel running through the center of the Cardo. The citizens of Perga memorialized the Kestros (modern Aksu) River and its eponymous deity for provisioning the region’s fertile lands and ease of transportation.