Sicilian Miscellany (June, 2013)

June 4, 2014

It’s been almost a year since I went to Sicily and took way too many photos. I’ve already posted some from the Villa Romana del Casale, Morgantina, and Aidone. Here are some other highlights:

 

Cappella Palatina, Palermo

Cappella Palatina, Palermo

Mosaic, Cathedral, Monreale

Mosaic, Cathedral, Monreale

Cloister, Monreale

Cloister, Monreale

Segesta, Sicily

Segesta, Sicily

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Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily (June, 2013)

January 8, 2014

The remains of this 4th century CE villa near Piazza Armerina are one of the great treasures of Sicily and indeed the world.

The famous 'bikini girls' mosaic

The famous ‘bikini girls’ mosaic

The decision to replace the villa’s old see-through roofs with opaque ones was an excellent one. It is now much easier to see (and photograph) the mosaics.

The Palestrite mosaic before the roof replacement

The Palestrite mosaic before the roof replacement (2005)

Detail of Palestrite mosaic after roof replacement

Detail of Palestrite mosaic after roof replacement

The whole room

The whole room

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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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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

 


Song for Cleomenes

September 23, 2010

The only song I’m aware of concerning Gaius Verres, governor of Sicily (there are some historical inaccuracies but it’s still pretty good). By the excellent Mountain Goats.


Souvenir from Gela?

May 25, 2009
Obverse

Obverse

Gela reverse (web)

Reverse

Found at my parents’ house, this is (apparently) a reproduction of a coin from Gela, a Greek city-state on the south coast of Sicily where, for some reason, Aeschylus died.