Asia Minor, Bithynia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

January AD 118 – Hadrian inaugurates the new year in Nicomedia (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago Hadrian most likely celebrated the new year in Nicomedia, the capital of the province of Pontus and Bithynia in worth-west Asia Minor. After a short stay in Nicaea (see previous post here) Hadrian and his army continued to march towards Byzantium along the Gulf of Nicomedia. Hadrian inaugurated the year 118 as… Continue reading January AD 118 – Hadrian inaugurates the new year in Nicomedia (#Hadrian1900)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Athens, Bithynia, Cilicia, Exhibition, France, Germany, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Jordan, Morocco, Photography, Rome, Turkey

My 2017 travel round-up

2017 was a very special year for me as the year marked the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne and the start of my Hadrian 1900 project. I travelled to 9 countries, visited 57 new archaeological sites, 21 new archaeological museums and attended 4 exhibitions. Here’s an overview of my… Continue reading My 2017 travel round-up

Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Phrygia, Turkey

End of AD 117 – Hadrian sends a letter of reply to Hierapolis (#Hadrian1900)

On the news of Trajan's death and Hadrian's accession, embassies from every part of the empire were sent to pay homage to the new Emperor. They carried letters of congratulations with them and each received a written answer which would be taken home and proudly reproduced in stone to be displayed in a public space.… Continue reading End of AD 117 – Hadrian sends a letter of reply to Hierapolis (#Hadrian1900)

Asia Minor, Bithynia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

11 November AD 117 – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)

After spending a few days in Ancyra, the Galatian capital (see previous post here), Hadrian continued to travel westward towards the Danube provinces and reached the little town of Juliopolis just inside Bithynia on November, 11. Epigraphic evidence has revealed that Hadrian addressed a missive to Pergamum from Juliopolis, a formal letter of thanks to an… Continue reading 11 November AD 117 – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)

Asia Minor, Cappadocia, Cilicia, Epigraphy, Hadrian's travels, Hadrian1900

15 October AD 117 – Hadrian crosses the Cilician gates and arrives in Cappadocia (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Hadrian crossed the Cilician Gates (Pylae Ciliciae), the most famous mountain pass through the Taurus Mountain. The new Emperor was travelling northward into Cappadocia along the Via Tauri which run across the mountain chain. We know from a fragment of an itinerary found in Rome that Hadrian left Antioch… Continue reading 15 October AD 117 – Hadrian crosses the Cilician gates and arrives in Cappadocia (#Hadrian1900)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Galatia, Hadrian, Museum, Turkey

The cuirassed statue of Hadrian from Ancyra’s theatre (Ankara, Turkey)

Hadrian and his travels have often served as the guiding thread for my travels. However my recent trip to Turkey had a different focus, the Hittite civilization, with one of the highlights being a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. After dazzling at the magnificent artifacts on display on the main floor… Continue reading The cuirassed statue of Hadrian from Ancyra’s theatre (Ankara, Turkey)

Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Trajan1900, Turkey

The 115 AD earthquake in Antioch

On 13 December 115 AD¹, Hadrian survived a violent and devastating earthquake while wintering in Antioch during Trajan's campaign in the east. Hadrian had been in Syria since January 114 AD as imperial legate (envoy to the emperor), and as such, had taken up residence in Antiochia ad Orontem (Antioch on the Orontes). The city… Continue reading The 115 AD earthquake in Antioch

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Caria, France, Israel, Judaea, Museum, Photography, Turkey

My contributions to Ancient History Encyclopedia’s blog

Almost two years ago I was asked to contribute to the Ancient History Encyclopedia website. Needless to say I was very honoured to join this team of ancient history experts. I have mainly contributed with photographs but I also wrote a few travel pieces for their et cetera blog. So if you are unfamiliar with… Continue reading My contributions to Ancient History Encyclopedia’s blog

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Hadrian, Ionia, Photography, Roman Temples, Turkey

The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus, Ionia (Turkey)

The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus is regarded as one of the most famous monuments of the ancient city of Ephesus. It lies on the south side of Curates Street, one of Ephesus' main arteries connecting the Gate of Hercules with the Library of Celsus. The remains of the Temple were unearthed in 1956 during… Continue reading The Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus, Ionia (Turkey)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Caria, Hadrian, Photography, Roman art, Turkey

The Hadrianic Baths at Aphrodisias, Caria (Turkey)

The beautiful ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias, still partly excavated, is one of the most important archaeological sites of the late Hellenistic and Roman period in Turkey. The city was located in Caria in Asia Minor, on a plateau 600 meters above sea level. Today it lies near Geyre village, some 80 kilometres west of Denizli. ---… Continue reading The Hadrianic Baths at Aphrodisias, Caria (Turkey)