Crete, Epigraphy, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Roman Mythology, Roman Portraiture, Roman Temples

The Hadrianic Temple of Diktynna in Crete

On the eastern tip of the Rodopou Peninsula in West Crete are the scanty remains of a temple dedicated to the Cretan goddess Diktynna (Diktynnaion). Diktynna was the virgin goddess of hunting and she was worshipped fervently in western Crete as the patroness of hunters and fishermen. Diktynna's name may be connected with Mount Dikte… Continue reading The Hadrianic Temple of Diktynna in Crete

Roman festival, Roman Temples, Saturnalia

Io, Saturnalia!

Happy Saturnalia to all! Today, December 17, marks the beginning of the Saturnalia, a festival held in honour of Saturn that lasted for between 3 and 7 days. It originated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of the autumn planting season in honour of Saturnus and despite Livy's claim that the festival was… Continue reading Io, Saturnalia!

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, Photography, Roman Temples, Sardinia

Photoset: The Punico-Roman Temple of Antas, Sardinia

Nestled in the middle of the Iglesiente mountains in the southwestern part of Sardinia, the ruins of the Punico-Roman Temple of Antas offer visitors a truly majestic sight. After lying abandoned for centuries, the temple was discovered in 1838 and extensively restored in 1967. Most impressively, the original Ionic columns were excavated and re-erected. The… Continue reading Photoset: The Punico-Roman Temple of Antas, Sardinia

Antoninus Pius, Hadrian, Italy, Museum, Roman art, Roman Temples, Rome

The Hadrianeum and the personifications of provinces

Just a short walk from the Pantheon, in Piazza di Pietra, are the majestic remains of the Temple of the deified Hadrian (Hadrianeum) built by Antoninus Pius, Hadrian's adopted son and successor. Of the original temple, only eleven columns with capitals and the cella wall are still visible today. In 1696, during the pontificate of… Continue reading The Hadrianeum and the personifications of provinces

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

Antoninus Pius, Archaeology Travel, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Photography, Roman Temples, Rome

Photoset: The temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Rome

The Temple of Divus Antoninus and Divus Faustina (Templum Divi Antonini et Divae Faustinae) was  built by the emperor Antoninus Pius in A.D. 141 on the north side of the Via Sacra shortly after the death of his wife, the empress Faustina. When Antoninus Pius died in A.D. 161 (on 7th March), the temple was… Continue reading Photoset: The temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Rome

Archaeology Travel, Lusitania, Portugal, Roman engineering, Roman Temples

Photoset: The Roman Temple of Évora (Portugal)

The Roman Temple of Évora (Templo romano de Évora), also referred to as the Templo de Diana (although there is no basis in fact for this designation) is an ancient temple in the historic city of Évora, Portugal. The temple is part of the historical centre of the city, which was included in the classification… Continue reading Photoset: The Roman Temple of Évora (Portugal)

Archaeology Travel, Croatia, Dalmatia, Museum, Roman Temples

The Augusteum at Narona (Croatia)

Narona was an ancient city located in the Narenta Valley in present-day southern Croatia near the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The valley, home to the ancient Illyrian tribe, served as the route for the exchange of goods between the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea and the Illyrian hinterland. Narona became a major Roman stronghold and had a Roman… Continue reading The Augusteum at Narona (Croatia)

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)