July 9, 2011
Aizanoi was a pleasant surprise. Its temple of Zeus is apparently one of the best preserved in Turkey, the theater is pretty spectacular, there are some Roman bridges, baths, a stadium, forum, and a round building with Diocletian’s Price Edict inscribed on it. All these things are spread around the modern village of Çavdarhisar.
Temple of Zeus
Outside the Temple of Zeus
Under the Temple
Theater from the Stadium
July 4, 2011
Impressive? Sure. But crowded and without much shade…
South Gate of the agora
The bouleuterion or council chambers
The Inscriptions Museum, closed (apparently as usual)
Library of Celsus
June 29, 2011
What to do when mice are eating your crops? As Johannes Nollé explains in “Boars, bears, and bugs: farming in Asia Minor and the protection of men, animals, and crops” (In S. Mitchell and C. Katsari, eds. (2005) Patterns in the Economy of Roman Asia Minor: 59):
Since ancient farmers in Asia Minor did not have as effective a poison as strychnine, all they could do was seek refuge in praying to Apollo Smintheus, the tutelary god against mice. He was worshipped throughout the whole North-West of Asia Minor; and the centre of the cult was the Smintheion near the small town of Chryse in the Troad (now called Gülpinar), which later belonged to the territory of Alexandreia Troas.
The site is relatively small and is in desperate need of explanatory signs but it’s certainly worth a visit (even more so, I bet, if the museum were open but apparently that’s only the case in July & August).
Remains of the temple
Storks do apparently eat rodents...
Some sort of sacred way lined with dedicatory statue bases?
No idea... A cistern?
Fragment of a Greek inscription
March 22, 2010
I’d never been there before but apparently it was recently renovated and expanded. Well worth a visit!
Bust of a Flavian or Trajanic man
Spurius family inscription from Cumae, second century BCE
Bust, possibly of a Roman empress, CE 200-225.
Detail of 5th century BCE kylix (drinking cup) featuring man pressing grapes
Glass unguentarium from Fayum region (2nd century CE)
September 9, 2009
In many cases the components of epitaphs will have been taken by the letter-cutter from ‘manuals’ or collections of formulae or books of poetry. This is the only explanation for the inscription from Annaba in Algeria that reads: Hic iacet corpus pueri nominandi (Here lies the body of a boy, name to be given/inserted). The letter-cutter followed the manual quite literally ‘to the letter’, without noticing that he was to insert a specific name in the space provided.
– Maureen Carroll Spirits of the Dead: Roman Funerary Commemoration in Western Europe (2006) page 106.