Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Israel, Judaea, Museum, Photography, Roman Army, Roman Portraiture

Bronze statue of Hadrian from the legionary camp at Tel Shalem (Judaea), Israel Museum

A magnificent bronze statue of Hadrian, now on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, was found by chance by an American tourist in Tel Shalem (Beth Shean Valley, Israel) on the 25th of July 1975 while searching for ancient coins with a metal detector. Tel Shalem was once occupied by a detachment of the… Continue reading Bronze statue of Hadrian from the legionary camp at Tel Shalem (Judaea), Israel Museum

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, Italy, Mythology, Photography, Roman Temples

A journey to Terracina on the Riviera of Ulysses

Following my visit to Minturnae (see previous post here), I continued my journey north along the Appian Way to reach Terracina, a picturesque town on the Tyrrhenian coast situated approximately half-way between Rome and Naples. Legend has it that Odysseus sailed here on his travels and surrendered to Circe's enchantment. Circe is said to have… Continue reading A journey to Terracina on the Riviera of Ulysses

Aqueduct, Archaeology Travel, Italy, Photography

Exploring Minturnae, a forgotten ancient city on the Appian Way

On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the Archaeological Area of Minturnae, a little-known but impressive archaeological site along the Appian Way. Minturnae was originally an Auruncian city (of which no archaeological traces have been found), one of the three towns of the Aurunci which allied themselves with the Samnites and made war against… Continue reading Exploring Minturnae, a forgotten ancient city on the Appian Way

Augustus, Museum, Photography, Roman Portraiture, SPQR

A tribute to Augustus

This week marks the bimillennial anniversary of the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. He died on 19th August AD 14 at the age of 75 after a 41-year reign, the longest in Roman history. Augustus left his mark on Rome and western civilisation like few others. He vastly expanded the Roman Empire, established… Continue reading A tribute to Augustus

Germany, Museum, Photography, Pompeii, Roman Domus

The Pompeiianum, a reconstructed Roman Villa in the German town of Aschaffenburg

Built in the 1840s in the Bavarian town of Aschaffenburg, the Pompeiianum (called Pompejanum in German) is an idealized reconstruction of a Roman house based on excavations in Pompeii. It is picturesquely located high on a terrace ridge overlooking the River Main. Now a unique tourist attraction, the building is a testimony to the enthusiasm for Antiquities… Continue reading The Pompeiianum, a reconstructed Roman Villa in the German town of Aschaffenburg

Arcadia, Archaeology Travel, Greece, Greek temple, Photography

Photoset: The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae (Greece), the so-called “Parthenon of the Peloponnese”

"Off all the temples in the Peloponnese this one could be considered second only to the temple at Tegea for its proportions and the beauty of its stone". Pausanias, "Description of Greece", Book VIII, 41, 8 The Temple of Apollo Epikourios ('Apollo the Helper') was built in a quiet and isolated site, high on a… Continue reading Photoset: The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae (Greece), the so-called “Parthenon of the Peloponnese”

Archaeology Travel, Greece, Greek temple, Mythology, Photography

Photoset: The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

Cape of Sounion, with its famous temple dedicated to the god Poseidon, is one of the most beautiful natural areas of Attica and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. In ancient times it was called Sounias Akra (edge) and was connected with the legends of Athens and the Aegean. Cape Sounion is the… Continue reading Photoset: The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

Archaeology Travel, Athens, Greece, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Photography

Exploring Hadrian’s Athens

Hadrian was a dedicated philhellene who admired Greek culture and did his best to be accepted and admired by the Greeks. He visited Greece three times when he was emperor (AD 124/5, 128/9 and 131/2) and he was especially fond of Athens. Pausanias writes that "the Emperor Hadrian generosity to his subjects was bestowed most… Continue reading Exploring Hadrian’s Athens

Archaeology Travel, Lusitania, Museum, Mythology, Photography, Portugal, Roman art, Roman Mosaic

Roman mosaics from Lusitania (Portugal)

Among the most impressive Roman remains that can be seen today in Portugal are the large, prosperous farms and luxurious villas built in the countryside by the elite. The villas were splendidly decorated with mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures. Some of the mosaics, still in situ or exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Lisbon, are often very… Continue reading Roman mosaics from Lusitania (Portugal)