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.

The theater

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.



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


Wine and the Gauls (Museum Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal)

May 26, 2011
Wine in Gaul

Wine in Gaul

Wine-cooler mosaic, late 2nd or 3rd century CE

Wine-cooler mosaic, late 2nd or 3rd century CE

"Stompers mosaic" detail

Libation ritual scene, 5th century BCE

The gear of a Gallic soldier around the time of the war with Caesar

Detail of a mosaic

Musée d'Archéologie et d'Histoire, Montreal (May 2011)

Antiquities at the Chazen Museum of Art

March 20, 2011

The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has a nice little collection of Roman art.

Man with scroll, Roman, 3rd century CE

Perhaps Gaius Caesar, 10-5 BCE

Homs, Syria, 5th century CE

Detail of a Roman sarcophagus, 3rd century CE

Homs, Syria, 5th century CE