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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

Gymnasium

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

Ancient Greek script


Local tour guide in full flow
Entrance
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.

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Roman Ruins and Monuments

Monday, October 13, 2008

This evening, I am departing from my usual Scotland/Britain theme to cover a photo record of my recent visit to Roman sites on Cyprus. Touring Roman Britain is one of my passions and I guess there is some overlap as the Romans did occupy Britain for about 400 years.

The site covered below is that of Kourion which is an ancient Cypriot city the remains of which comprise a Theatre, House of Eustolios, an early Christian Basilica, Roman Forum, Public Baths, House of the Gladiators, House of Achilles and House with Earthquake evidence.




These Y signs indicate Christianity, Yios is Greek for Jesus.

Mosaic at House of the Gladiators-Hellenikos and Margerites in combat.

Mosaic of gladiator Lytras separated from his opponent by the referee, Darios.


Hypocaust system at the public baths


Unusual shell carving

Decorated mosaic floor
Corinthian Column

Slightly surreal view of the site with a para glider in the background. This is the early Christian Basilica.


View of the coast from the site. A superb location with benefit of cool breezes.

The Theatre

House of Eustolios
The bust of KTICIC on the mosaic floor of the rectangular hall at House of Eustolios


Mosaic inscription on the floor of the east portico which reads;

'In place of big stones and solid iron,
gleaming bronze and even adamant,
this house is girt by the much venerated signs of Christ.'

Mosaic floor inscription welcoming the visitors- 'Enter for the good luck of the house'



Hypocaust heating system
I found Kourion a truly stunning site. It would be nice if guided tours by experts were available to enhance the experience. However, wondering round at own speed does help one connect with the past.

Tomorrow, I will be presenting information and photos of another Cypriot site, at Salamis in the north of the island.

Contact me if interested in tours of Roman Britain or other Roman themed tours.

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