Aqueduct, Cappadocia, Hadrian's travels, Hadrian1900, Turkey

17 October 117 – Hadrian arrives in Tyana (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Hadrian reached the city of Tyana situated at the foot of the Taurus mountains near the Cilician Gates. We know from a fragment of an itinerary found in Rome that Hadrian left Antioch in the beginning of October 117 AD and travelled northwards towards Ancyra (modern Ankara). The inscription… Continue reading 17 October 117 – Hadrian arrives in Tyana (#Hadrian1900)

Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

At the beginning of October 117 AD, the moment came for Hadrian to leave Antioch for Rome, leaving the command of the province of Syria to Catilius Severus who had just been installed as legate. But the Emperor could not return directly to Rome. There was trouble with the tribes beyond the lower and middle… Continue reading 13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

Cilicia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

12th August 117 – A mysterious death occurs in Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Trajan's freedman and personal servant, the twenty-eight year old Marcus Ulpius Phaedimus, died in Selinus in Cilicia just a few days after his master and within a day of Hadrian receiving the news of Trajan's death. This coincidence only deepened the mystery surrounding the circumstances of Hadrian's adoption. Phaedimus, who… Continue reading 12th August 117 – A mysterious death occurs in Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

Hadrian1900, Roman Army, Syria, Turkey

11th August 117 AD – Hadrian is hailed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, the news of Trajan's death in Selinus reached the 41-year-old Hadrian at Syrian Antioch where he was stationned as provincial governor. The army of Syria immediately hailed its legate as Imperator. 11 August was to be celebrated as Hadrian's dies imperii (the anniversary of his accession as emperor). On the third day… Continue reading 11th August 117 AD – Hadrian is hailed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)

Cilicia, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, after a 19 year reign of military glory, the Emperor Trajan died at the coastal town of Selinus (present-day Gazipaşa, about 180 km to the East of Antalya on the southern coast of Turkey) in western Cilicia. According to Cassius Dio, Trajan fell seriously ill after an unsuccessful siege of… Continue reading 8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#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 highlight 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)

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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 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

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)

"THIS ONE CITY I HAVE TAKEN FOR MY OWN OUT OF ALL ASIA" Octavian, from a Letter of Octavian to Stephanus (governor of Laodicea) concerning Aphrodisias, c. 38 BC 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… Continue reading The Hadrianic Baths at Aphrodisias, Caria (Turkey)