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
Honorary theater seat
Column drums, Sanctuary of Athena
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]
Remains of the Harbor Monument
Baths of Faustina
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
April 20, 2011
Lego Antikythera Mechanism:
See also this.