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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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 C╠žavdarhisar.

Temple of Zeus


Outside the Temple of Zeus


Under the Temple


Theater from the Stadium






Price Edict!


July 7, 2011

Easily the best place I visited in Turkey this summer, Aphrodisias is sprawling and full of great sights (even before you get to its excellent museum).





Temple of Aphrodite











July 5, 2011

Despite being a populated settlement for more than 1600 years, you can be forgiven for never having heard of Priene. It just didn’t play a major role in Greek history. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit; the remains are very impressive and the city is a good example of Hippodamian town planning. Though steep in places and perhaps in need of a few more explanatory signs, the site offers plenty of shade and great views.

The acropolis viewed from the Sanctuary of Athena


The theater




Honorary theater seat


Column drums, Sanctuary of Athena


City walls





July 2, 2011

Miletus turned out to be one of my favorite sites of the trip: sprawling and full of impressive remains but without all the crowds plaguing Ephesus. There is also a nice little museum nearby. [see also my earlier post on Miletus with (somewhat less impressive) photos taken with my phone]

Roman Theater

Remains of the Harbor Monument

Baths of Faustina



Archaic kouros



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.




June 29, 2011

Assos was a Greek city founded in the 8th century BCE.

Approaching Assos

Aristotle lived here for a few years and now his statue greets visitors

The temple of Athena on the acropolis

The Turkish flag flies over the acropolis

View of the island of Lesbos from the acropolis of Assos

The theater at Assos

Rain on the Aegean