Asia Minor, Bithynia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

11th November 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)

After spending a few days in Ancyra, the Galatian capital (see previous post here), Hadrian continued to travel westward towards the Danube provinces and reached the little town of Juliopolis just inside Bithynia on November, 11. Epigraphic evidence has revealed that Hadrian addressed a missive to Pergamum from Juliopolis, a formal letter of thanks to an… Continue reading 11th November 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#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 highlights 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)

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

Asia Minor, Turkey

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)

Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Pamphylia, Turkey

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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Picture of the week: Head of Medusa, bronze fitting of the Nemi Ships built by Caligula at Lake Nemi

Ahead of tonight's programme about Caligula (BBC Two 21:00) presented by Mary Beard, here is a picture of a bronze fitting head of Medusa that decorated one of the Nemi Ships. The vessels were built on the orders of the emperor Caligula around 37-41 A.D. The bronze fittings are the most important set of objects… Continue reading Picture of the week: Head of Medusa, bronze fitting of the Nemi Ships built by Caligula at Lake Nemi

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Photography, Turkey

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

Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Pamphylia, SPQR, Turkey

Statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica (Civic Crown), from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

Inv. no. 3861-3863 Baiae portrait sculptural type. The emperor is depicted here as a nude hero. A paludamentum is draped over his left shoulder and arm. In his left hand is the sheath and sword and he wears a laurel wreath on his head.