Posts tagged: Romans

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 […]

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Caunus visiting notes

Odysseus Cruising – Caunus visiting notes Caunus can be visited as part of our itineraries as an optional excursion. One of the most interesting sites on the Turkish coast, with beautiful views, it was once famous as Mausolus’s easternmost stronghold and for its safe harbour in Greek, Roman and Early Christian times. How to get […]

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Patara – visiting the archaeological sites

Odysseus Cruising – Visiting Notes You can hire our luxury gulet MS Odysseus by private charter to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime – sailing the Blue Cruise, visit Patara and much more. Recommended excursion on all Lycian Itineraries. ½ hour from Kalkan Patara – The capital city of the Roman provinces of Lycia and […]

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Grand Tour, anyone? How to achieve a classical education on our gulet cruise holidays

In the past, the wealthy Englishman went on the ‘Grand Tour’ to Europe, including Italy, involving a long hard journey, much inconvenience and a great deal of money and expenditure of time – perhaps a year or so, but he could return an educated man. Now we can compress into a week or two the […]

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Who was that Roman whose mausoleum is at Lydae above the Harbour of the Moon, Ay Liman?

One of our most popular gulet cruise holidays explores the beautiful Gulf of Fethiye starting at Gocek and visiting the Dalyan River, St. Nicholas’s Island, Cleopatra’s bath and the remains of a Roman estate above the ancient Harbour of the Moon, Ay Liman, which can only be reached by gulet, AKA gullet/goulette.

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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 […]

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Pompey – Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus

Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus was one of the greatest Romans, a rival of Julius Caesar, who lived 106 – 48 BC, in the last years of the Roman Republic before the Empire. It is likely that Pompey knew the coast of Turkey very well from the time when he led an attack on the ‘pirates’ or […]

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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 […]

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