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

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 honored to join this team of ancient history experts. I have mainly contributed with photographs but I also wrote a few pieces for their et cetera blog that did not appear on my Following… Continue reading My contributions to Ancient History Encyclopedia’s blog

France, Museum, Mythology, Roman art, Roman villa

The Labours of Hercules reliefs from the Villa Chiragan, Musée Saint-Raymond Toulouse (France)

In honour of Twitter’s international Museum Week (#MuseumWeek), I invite you today to discover some of my favourite sculptures from the collections of the Musée Saint-Raymond in Toulouse (France). The museum is among the best and richest archaeological museums in France and visitors can discover the Roman town of Tolosa (Toulouse in Roman times), the… Continue reading The Labours of Hercules reliefs from the Villa Chiragan, Musée Saint-Raymond Toulouse (France)

Exhibition, France, Italy, Museum, Photography, Roman art, Roman Frescoes

Roman frescoes on show in Toulouse (France)

Last weekend I travelled to Toulouse to visit the fabulous exhibition on Roman frescoes being held at the Musée Saint-Raymond. The exhibition, entitled 'L'Empire de la couleur - De Pompéi au sud des Gaules' ('Empire of colour - From Pompeii to Southern Gaul'), opened last November and runs through March 2015. The majority of Roman… Continue reading Roman frescoes on show in Toulouse (France)

Archaeology Travel, France, Photography, Roman Bridges, Roman engineering

Looking for Roman bridges in Provence, France

"Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula mundi" (I have built a bridge which will last forever)" -Caius Julius Lacer, builder of the Alcántara Bridge Ancient Roman bridges represent one of the greatest wonders of the Ancient World. They are an exceptional feat of Roman construction and I hold a certain fascination for these impressive ancient structures. Naturally… Continue reading Looking for Roman bridges in Provence, France

Archaeology Travel, France, Gallia Belgica, Photography

Picture of the week: The Porte Mars, an ancient Roman triumphal arch in Reims (France) and the widest arch in the Roman world

The Porte Mars is an ancient Roman triumphal arch in Reims, France. It dates from the third century AD, and was the widest arch in the Roman world. At the time of its construction, Porte de Mars would have been one of four arches which would have led to the Gallo-Roman settlement of Durocortorum, as… Continue reading Picture of the week: The Porte Mars, an ancient Roman triumphal arch in Reims (France) and the widest arch in the Roman world

Archaeology Travel, France, Hadrian, Turkey

Following Hadrian in Asia Minor and Gaul

I just got back from a wonderful trip to Turkey (exploring the regions of Lycia, Pisidia and Pamphylia), and to France where I visited Lugdunum (Lyon) and Vienna (Vienne). I will be posting loads of photos in the coming days from the dozen of sites I visited… Sagalassos, Side, Seleucia, Aspendos, Myra, Xanthos, Letoon, Patara,… Continue reading Following Hadrian in Asia Minor and Gaul