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).





Temple of Aphrodite










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






Asklepios arrives on Kos




Young man


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




Honorary theater seat


Column drums, Sanctuary of Athena


City walls




July 4, 2011

Impressive? Sure. But crowded and without much shade…





South Gate of the agora


The bouleuterion or council chambers




The Inscriptions Museum, closed (apparently as usual)


Library of Celsus


July 2, 2011

Miletus turned out to be one of my favorite sites of the trip: sprawling and full of impressive remains but without all the crowds plaguing Ephesus. There is also a nice little museum nearby. [see also my earlier post on Miletus with (somewhat less impressive) photos taken with my phone]

Roman Theater

Remains of the Harbor Monument

Baths of Faustina



Archaic kouros



June 29, 2011

Assos was a Greek city founded in the 8th century BCE.

Approaching Assos

Aristotle lived here for a few years and now his statue greets visitors

The temple of Athena on the acropolis

The Turkish flag flies over the acropolis

View of the island of Lesbos from the acropolis of Assos

The theater at Assos

Rain on the Aegean

Smintheion near Chryse

June 29, 2011

What to do when mice are eating your crops? As Johannes Nollé explains in “Boars, bears, and bugs: farming in Asia Minor and the protection of men, animals, and crops” (In S. Mitchell and C. Katsari, eds. (2005) Patterns in the Economy of Roman Asia Minor: 59):

Since ancient farmers in Asia Minor did not have as effective a poison as strychnine, all they could do was seek refuge in praying to Apollo Smintheus, the tutelary god against mice. He was worshipped throughout the whole North-West of Asia Minor; and the centre of the cult was the Smintheion near the small town of Chryse in the Troad (now called Gülpinar), which later belonged to the territory of Alexandreia Troas.

The site is relatively small and is in desperate need of explanatory signs but it’s certainly worth a visit (even more so, I bet,  if the museum were open but apparently that’s only the case in July & August).

Remains of the temple

Storks do apparently eat rodents...


Some sort of sacred way lined with dedicatory statue bases?

No idea... A cistern?


Fragment of a Greek inscription