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

 

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Quote of the Day: Kyzikos

March 9, 2010

it has been said that Kyzikos was ‘the mint of Athens on the Propontis’ and indeed it is possible to find, among the almost inexhaustible variety of Kyzikene staters, plenty of signs of the Athenian connection. All the types still have the local emblem of the tunny fish as a subsidiary detail, and among the main designs many seem to be borrowed or suggested by those of other cities, sometimes quite remote… It is, nevertheless, most interesting to find types which are based purely on Athenian myth or history and which never occur elsewhere as coin types…

– G. K. Jenkins Ancient Greek Coins (1972) page 96.