Hippodrome and environs, Istanbul

June 28, 2011

Obelisk of Theodosius (transplanted from Egypt, 16th century BCE)

Detail of the base for the Obelisk of Theodosius (late 4th century CE)

Detail of the base for the Obelisk of Theodosius (late 4th century CE)

Spiral Column, originally set up at Delphi in commemoration of the Greek victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BCE. Brought to Constantinople by Constantine in the 4th century CE.

Aya Sofya: church, mosque, museum. Originally constructed in the 6th century CE.

Basilica Cistern, built by Justinian in the 6th century CE.

Medusa head from the Basilica Cistern.

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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