Morgantina and Aidone, Sicily (June, 2013)

January 4, 2014

On this very cold weekend in the Midwest I thought I’d post some photos from the hottest place I visited in Sicily last spring (Morgantina) and the delightful little town (Aidone) whose archaeological museum houses some of its remains.

Morgantina is southeast of Enna and a short drive from the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina (I’ll post some photos of its fantastic mosaics soon). Although this time the site felt like the inside of an oven, on cooler days it’s well worth a visit. (But bring water just in case.) The city dates back to the late Bronze Age but moved to its current location in the 5th century BCE. Changing hands several times in the many wars of the following centuries, the town lasted until the first century CE. Excavations have been going on for quite a while now so there’s plenty to see.

Morgantina (061913)

Morgantina with Etna barely visible in the distance.

The North Baths at Morgantina

The North Baths at Morgantina

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Vatican Museums (June 2013)

September 28, 2013

I saw more than ever before on this latest trip to the Vatican Museums…

Vatican Museums wall view

Assorted sculptures

Clio, Vatican Museums (060413)

Clio

Vatican Museums interior courtyard (060413)

Interior courtyard

View of Rome from Vatican Museums (060413)

View of Rome from the Vatican Museums

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Items of Recent Interest (5)

February 20, 2013

Somehow I missed these (thanks, CAMWS winter newsletter!):

Good news out of Pompeii: major restoration project

Weird news out of Chicago: Socrates on trial again

New frescoes from the Colosseum? Apparently


British Museum V: Parthenon friezes

May 23, 2012

East Frieze V, 34-35

Iris (West Pediment N)

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British Museum IV: The Nereid Monument

May 17, 2012

The Nereid Monument, perhaps built by the Lycian dynast Arbinas, is a late 5th century BCE Greek-style tomb from Xanthos (on the south coast of Turkey). Now it’s in the British Museum.

The Monument

Detail of the large podium frieze

Another detail from the large podium frieze

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British Museum III: Mausolos’s Mausoleum

May 11, 2012

Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:

The view from breakfast, last summer…

But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:

Site of the Mausoleum

But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:

Greeks fighting with Amazons

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

April 27, 2012

Some photos from a recent visit to the delightful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum:

Kelvingrove exterior

Main hall of the museum

An interactive painting (visitors can enter their own text).

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