British Museum IV: The Nereid Monument

May 17, 2012

The Nereid Monument, perhaps built by the Lycian dynast Arbinas, is a late 5th century BCE Greek-style tomb from Xanthos (on the south coast of Turkey). Now it’s in the British Museum.

The Monument

Detail of the large podium frieze

Another detail from the large podium frieze

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British Museum III: Mausolos’s Mausoleum

May 11, 2012

Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:

The view from breakfast, last summer…

But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:

Site of the Mausoleum

But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:

Greeks fighting with Amazons

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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

Alexandria Troas

June 29, 2011

On the coast south of Troy, Alexandria Troas was once a big deal. Now it’s just a scattering of ruins. Admission: free.

Fallen columns and entablature

Entablature bits

Signage was at a minimum at Alexandria Troas. I'm guessing this was some sort of cistern...


On the road

According to Lonely Planet, Alexandria Troas once boasted the largest Roman baths in Anatolia. It's not hard to believe.

Baths of Herodes Atticus. Do not climb!