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

Picture of the week: Curetes Street and the Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus (Turkey)

It is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. The temple of Hadrian was built before 138 A.D by P. Quintilius and was dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian, who came to visit the city from Athens in 129 A.D. The facade of the temple has four Corinthian columns supporting a… Continue reading Picture of the week: Curetes Street and the Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus (Turkey)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Hadrian, Lycia, Photography, Turkey

Hadrian goes to Phaselis – images from a Lycian harbour city

Phaselis was an ancient Greek and Roman city on the coast of Lycia, today situated 35km south of Antalya. Shaded by towering pine trees, its ruins lie scattered around three small beautiful bays. Once a thriving port shipping timber and rose oil, its beauty is now admired by thousands of visitors each year. Phaselis was… Continue reading Hadrian goes to Phaselis – images from a Lycian harbour city

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Naked statue of Hadrian reworked in the late 3rd century, from Perge, Antalya Museum

This naked statue of Hadrian with a small Nike at his feet was discovered in 1992 during the excavations of the stage building of the theatre at Perge, an ancient Greek city in Anatolia and the capital of Pamphylia. The statue was found broken in several pieces and was later restored to an almost complete… Continue reading Naked statue of Hadrian reworked in the late 3rd century, from Perge, Antalya Museum

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Picture of the week: The Hellenistic Theatre on the Upper Acropolis of Pergamon (Turkey)

The magnificent Hellenistic theatre at Pergamon is the centerpiece of the acropolis of the ancient city, which is located just north of the modern-day town of Bergama on Turkey's northern Aegean coast. It is said to be the steepest ancient theatre in the world and the view down to the valley is rather spectacular. The… Continue reading Picture of the week: The Hellenistic Theatre on the Upper Acropolis of Pergamon (Turkey)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Lycia, Turkey

Exploring Xanthos – images from the biggest city in Lycia

The legendary capital of Lycia had always been the most important city of the country. Strabo describes it as the biggest city in Lycia. "Then one comes to the Xanthus River, which the people of earlier times called the Sirbis. Sailing up this river by rowboat for ten stadia one comes to the Letoüm; and… Continue reading Exploring Xanthos – images from the biggest city in Lycia

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Cuirassed statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica, from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

The larger than life size marble statue depicts Hadrian (from the Chiaramonti 392 type) in military garb including a leather molded chest covering (cuirass), a military cloak (paludamentum) draped over his shoulder and arm, a special belt (cingulum), a knee length garment (tunic), sandals, etc.  His head is crowned with a tall wreath of oak… Continue reading Cuirassed statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica, from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

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Statue of Hadrian from Troia IX, found in the Odeon, Troy (Ilium), Canakkale Museum

The emperor Hadrian visited Ilium (Troy) in 124 AD. In 1993, archaeologists discovered a larger-than-life cuirassed statue of Hadrian in the Odeon. Serving as a public meeting place and concert-hall, this civic building, dating from the time of Augustus, was extensively renovated by Hadrian and perhaps served as a place to present his own poem… Continue reading Statue of Hadrian from Troia IX, found in the Odeon, Troy (Ilium), Canakkale Museum

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Photography, Turkey

Picture of the day: Cat among the ruins of the Prytaneion at Ephesus (Turkey)

Ephesus is teeming with cats. I happen to love cats and this is my best cat shot from Ephesus. The reason I chose this photo today is that I just caught Cat Scratch Disease, an infection following the scratch of a cat, not from Ephesus, but from the ancient city of Olympos in Lycia. I never knew such… Continue reading Picture of the day: Cat among the ruins of the Prytaneion at Ephesus (Turkey)

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Picture of the day: The Temple of Apollo at Claros, Ionia

The Temple of Apollo at Claros (also called Klaros) was a very important center of prophecy as in Delphi and Didyma. The temple, which probably replaced an earlier one, is dated to the third century BC and is the only temple built in Doric style in Ionia. It was built upon a stepped platform measuring 26… Continue reading Picture of the day: The Temple of Apollo at Claros, Ionia

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Pamphylia, Photography, Turkey

Exploring Seleukeia (Lyrbe) – images from the forgotten city of Pamphylia

The ancient city of Seleukeia (or Lyrbe) is located 15 km north of Manavgat and was only rediscovered by archaeologists in the early 1970s. The city is known to have been founded as a fortified acropolis town to be used as a final defence and protection site in the case of an attack on Side. Upon the… Continue reading Exploring Seleukeia (Lyrbe) – images from the forgotten city of Pamphylia