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Roman Antiquities

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This evening, I am continuing my Roman theme, providing images of my recent visit to Cyprus.

The following pictures are from the Salamis Ruins in Northern Cyprus. The development of this city was interrupted by earthquakes, particularly in the 1st and 4th centuries AD. After the earthquakes, the city was rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor, Constantius II ( 337-361 AD) and renamed it Constantia. The city was abandoned in AD 648 following a raid by Arab pirates.

Here is an impressive buttress

Mosaics in archway at the baths

A 3rd century fresco piece showing Hylas as he refuses the water nymphs.

Hypocaust heating system at the baths

Swimming pool with columned courtyard in the background


Another view of the gymnasium which served as an exercising ground for the military.

Ancient Greek script

Local tour guide in full flow
Ancient Greek script at the theatre
More Greek script
The theatre which dates from the time of Augustus. It was destroyed by earthquakes in the 4th century and was never rebuilt

Overall, this proved a fascinating site where I would have liked to spend more time.


posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:03 PM 


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