Category: Archaeology

Bodrum, the Turkish coast and its riches beneath the sea

Visit Bodrum Castle with its Museum of Marine Archaeology, cruising on M/S ‘Odysseus’ Some years ago when George Bass, the famous marine archaeologist was excavating with his team the underwater site of the oldest shipwreck ever found (at Olu Burun on the Turkish coast) he came to visit the site and chose to travel down […]

Monday February 1st, 2010 in Archaeology | Comments Off on Bodrum, the Turkish coast and its riches beneath the sea

The ancient theatres of the Turkish Riviera

The cities of the Athenian Empire, and later the independent walled harbour cities of the Hellenistic period and Roman period, all had theatres. Many of them remain and we visit them on the coast, with M/S ‘Odysseus’ landing nearby. Many are near the sea as the Greek plays, comedies and tragedies are often performed against […]

Friday June 5th, 2009 in Archaeology | Comments Off on The ancient theatres of the Turkish Riviera

My favourite architectural treasures of the Turkish Riviera

Image: Landscape with Aeneas at Delos, Claude, 1600-1682. The classical world as pictured by Claude, with a building just like the Lydae Roman mausoleum. Dargan Bullivant’s list of favourite architectural treasures of the Turkish Riviera, plus his personal choice of reading matter on this topic:

Tuesday April 14th, 2009 in Archaeology | Comments Off on My favourite architectural treasures of the Turkish Riviera

Experience the Marbles of the Classical World on the Turkish Riviera?

There are at least thirty Hellenistic and Roman cities in Asia Minor close to the sea with the remains of many fine buildings of greyish white marble. It is the structures, sculptures and architectural mouldings of finely crystalline white marble that amaze the beholder. The finest marble and marble workers came from Greece and the […]

Tuesday May 26th, 2009 in Archaeology | Comments Off on Experience the Marbles of the Classical World on the Turkish Riviera?

What’s the difference between a theatre and an amphitheatre?

The words ‘amphitheatre’ and ‘theatre’ are often used interchangeably. However while there are many ancient theatres, few amphitheatres exist, in fact none that I know of in Turkey. The amphitheatres such as the Colosseum (433 x 666 feet/130 x 200m) in Rome, the one in Verona and others elsewhere including the legionary amphitheatres in Britain […]

Saturday February 21st, 2009 in Archaeology | No Comments »

Early Christian Churches

An outline of the Evolution of the Architectural form of the Early Christian Church on the Coast of Asia Minor (now Turkey): from 310 to the 8th Cent AD This essay seeks to show the evolution of the form of the early Christian Church from the conversion to Christianity in 306 AD of Emperor Constantine […]

Sunday December 14th, 2008 in Archaeology | Comments Off on Early Christian Churches

Innovative design for an Early Christian Church – Caunus, Turkey

In the ancient city of Caunus, on the Dalyan River, there are ruins, standing quite high, of an exquisite new and beautiful design of an early Byzantine church. It had a dome on pendentives with an intimate atmosphere flooded inside with light. It was truly innovative as all the churches up to then in the […]

Thursday November 20th, 2008 in Archaeology | Comments Off on Innovative design for an Early Christian Church – Caunus, Turkey
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