March 9, 2017

Nowadays known as Arles, in French Provence. It obtained its prosperity from the port it once had (now silted and out of use) as well as its strategic location in the very busy Via Domitia. Of very ancient foundation (6th century a.C.), began to gain importance at regional level following its support to Julius Caesar during the war with Pompey. Since Massalia (Marseilles), the main merchant empori...

February 23, 2017

The Acropolis of Pergamon becomes rough to the north of the sacred enclosure of Trajaneum. Urbanization level was always low in this area, reason why no artificial terracing are observed and yes abundance of boulders, slopes, etc. The most relevant one that we can be seen here are some curtains and towers of the twelfth century Byzantine wall (photos 1 and 2) with its characteristic masonry type:...

February 11, 2017

We invite you to a guided tour to the Acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamon: the mythical capital of the equally named Hellenistic kingdom and one of the most important cities both the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire.

February 1, 2017

Anyway, for huge relief of the residents of the Eternal City, Constantine did not trigger any repression against them, stating in his appearance before the Senate on the same day of its entry into Rome, its intention both to be lenient with those who supported Maxentius as to respect the authority of such a prestigious and ancient camera. Indeed, far from wanting to repeat the massacre of senators...

January 21, 2017

Milvian Bridge battle took place october 28th of A.D. 312. very close to the southern abutment of that bridge which, saving the Tiber current, provided continuity to the Via Flaminia to the heart of the crowded streets of Rome.

January 10, 2017

Priapos ancient site is located next to the small Turkish town of Karabiga, inside a wide bay with beautiful views. The last rays of sun are perching on the rickety walls when we finally reach them, dyeing them with an intense orange hue. These walls belong to an urban city wall flanked by square towers which, although nowadays is very badly damaged, once had to be really powerful judging by the g...

December 29, 2016

The ancient Roman city of Treveris corresponds to the present Trier, in the west of Germany, very close to the border with the duchy of Luxembourg.

December 20, 2016

One of the most popular issues of Septimius Severus, which implies an optimum combination of numismatic attractive and relative abundance

December 13, 2016

Between dairy farms and small farms dedicated to the cultivation of the olive tree rises a powerful staggered structure of more than a hundred meters in length. It is only partially excavated. Although there is no lack of ashlar in its walls, masonry agglomerated with lime mortar predominates. It is the podium of the temple of Hadrian (photo 1): the largest and most sumptuous of Cycicus buildings,...

November 29, 2016

Perhaps the more interesting series and therefore sought of the Roman coinage is the one that commemorates the first millennium of the founding of the Eternal City.

According to the Latin writer Marco Terenzio Varrone, the city of Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 BC. Accordingly, the year 1000 AUC (Ad Urbe Condita) should correspond to the year 248 AD, time when Rome was ruled by an obscure chara...

November 15, 2016

One of the main streets of the ancient Phrygian city of Tripolis ad Maeandrum is the so-called "Hierapolis Street" as this city (Hierapolis) was the next important landmark to which we would arrive walking along this causeway. A few years ago it was excavated with great success. This is what you can see in it:

1.- The ruins of the nymphaeum.

Its beginning, still outside the city wall as well as coin...

November 1, 2016

The death of Gordian III in February/March of A.D. 244, instigated by the praetorian prefect Marcus Julius Philippus, nicknamed "the Arab" because of its origin, meant proclamation of this last one as emperor of Rome. His first major decision was the beginning of peace negotiations with the Persians intended to conclude the war in northeastern borders of the Empire, long since five years, during w...

October 18, 2016

The Phyrigian city of Laodicea ad Lycum is one of the few cities of classical antiquity that disposed of two theaters operating at the same time. This is a good testimony to the high level of prosperity achieved by Laodicea, to the point of being considered...

October 4, 2016

The ancient Carian city of Antioch on the Maeander owed large part of its prosperity to certain bridge over the River Maeander built in its vicinity, widely used during the long centuries it was standing and which attracted to the city all manner of merchants, Imperial officials, military, craftsmen and other users.

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