Aizanoi

July 9, 2011

Aizanoi was a pleasant surprise. Its temple of Zeus is apparently one of the best preserved in Turkey, the theater is pretty spectacular, there are some Roman bridges, baths, a stadium, forum, and a round building with Diocletian’s Price Edict inscribed on it. All these things are spread around the modern village of C╠žavdarhisar.

Temple of Zeus

 

Outside the Temple of Zeus

 

Under the Temple

 

Theater from the Stadium

 

Theater

 

Stele

 

Price Edict!

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Aphrodisias: the Museum

July 8, 2011

The Museum at Aphrodisias is every bit as wonderful as the site itself. Particularly nice are the reliefs from the Sebasteion (so nice not to have to go to Boston, Berlin, or London to see the rest of a site!).

Achilles & Penthesilea, Sebasteion

 

Pythagoras

Pindar

 

Nero & Agrippina the Younger, Sebasteion

 

A goddess inscribing a trophy, Sebasteion

 

Best ancient hair ever?

 

Bellerophon & Pegasus, Sebasteion

 


Aphrodisias

July 7, 2011

Easily the best place I visited in Turkey this summer, Aphrodisias is sprawling and full of great sights (even before you get to its excellent museum).

Tetrapylon

 

Theater

 

Temple of Aphrodite

 

Stadium

 

Stadium

 

Sebasteion

 

Bouleuterion


Kos Archaeological Museum

July 6, 2011

The Asklepeion on Kos is a bit underwhelming compared to other Aegean sites but the Archaeological Museum on Kos very nice (though the lighting could stand a few improvements).

Aphrodite & Eros

 

Hermes

 

Child

 

Asklepios arrives on Kos

 

Artemis

 

Young man


Priene

July 5, 2011

Despite being a populated settlement for more than 1600 years, you can be forgiven for never having heard of Priene. It just didn’t play a major role in Greek history. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit; the remains are very impressive and the city is a good example of Hippodamian town planning. Though steep in places and perhaps in need of a few more explanatory signs, the site offers plenty of shade and great views.

The acropolis viewed from the Sanctuary of Athena

 

The theater

 

Theater

 

Honorary theater seat

 

Column drums, Sanctuary of Athena

 

City walls

 

Sewer


Ephesus

July 4, 2011

Impressive? Sure. But crowded and without much shade…

Crowds

 

Theater

 

South Gate of the agora

 

The bouleuterion or council chambers

 

Nike!

 

The Inscriptions Museum, closed (apparently as usual)

 

Library of Celsus


Didyma

July 4, 2011

Didyma was the site of a temple of Apollo and important oracle in the territory of Miletus.

Temple of Apollo

 

Temple of Apollo

 

Temple of Apollo

 

Some sort of sea monster?

Interior

 

Fallen drums