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 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


Other sites around Pergamum

June 30, 2011

Also in the vicinity of Pergamum are the “Red Basilica” and the Asclepion.

The giant 'Red Basilica' was originally a temple to Egyptian gods


Predictably turned into a church in the Byzantine era.


The Opaion, which used to be much bigger apparently


The Sacred Way to the Asklepeion (a sort of ancient medical facility)


View of the North Gallery




View of the acropolis of Pergamum

Acropolis of Pergamum

June 30, 2011

During the Hellenistic era Pergamum was the capital of a small but extremely wealthy kingdom. They invested heavily in the monumental and, even though certain items were carted off to Berlin, the site is still spectacular.

The theater

Temple of Trajan



Substructure for Trajan's Sanctuary

Once there was a great altar to Zeus here. Now you need to go to Berlin to see it...


The Altar in the Pergamonmuseum

Take the time to hike down to 'Bulding Z' and its mosaics.


Alexandria Troas

June 29, 2011

On the coast south of Troy, Alexandria Troas was once a big deal. Now it’s just a scattering of ruins. Admission: free.

Fallen columns and entablature

Entablature bits

Signage was at a minimum at Alexandria Troas. I'm guessing this was some sort of cistern...


On the road

According to Lonely Planet, Alexandria Troas once boasted the largest Roman baths in Anatolia. It's not hard to believe.

Baths of Herodes Atticus. Do not climb!

Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul

June 28, 2011

A few of the many, many things on display at Istanbul’s great Museum of Archaeology:

Gladiator relief with bull-riding

Stele from Amissos (first century CE)

Stele for Severius Acceptus

Stele for four men, Cyzicos, Hellenistic era


Detail of Mourning Women sarcophagus, circa 350 BCE

detail of Porphyrios monument base, circa 500 CE


Detail of Orpheus-themed mosaic, circa 500 CE


Antikythera Mechanism

April 20, 2011

Lego Antikythera Mechanism:

See also this.