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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Items of Recent Interest (3)

October 18, 2012

In the news:

Items of recent interest (2)

October 6, 2012

Recent news items of interest:


Minneapolis Institute of Arts (again)

July 11, 2012

Spent some more time at the MIA…

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

View from the MIA

Medusa by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1854)

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Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

November 29, 2011

The Palace of the Legion of Honor has a nice little collection of classical antiquities.

Season sarcophagus, ca. 270 CE


Glass flasks, Roman, Eastern Mediterranean


Torso of Hermes, 2nd century CE


Figurine of a dancing woman, Sicily, 2nd century BCE


Cycladic figure, ca. 2500 BCE

Asklepios, 2nd century BCE



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