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Looking Up in Baalbek 4 May 2009

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Baalbek, "Temple of Bacchus"
Architectural sculpture in the “Temple of Bacchus”, Baalbek, Lebanon. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Baalbek, "Temple of Bacchus"
Architectural sculpture in the “Temple of Bacchus”, Baalbek, Lebanon. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

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Shopping in Damascus 30 April 2009

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Damascus shop
The Archaeology of Shopping? Store front in Damascus. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Doorway to the Past 28 April 2009

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Welcome to my humble abode. Medieval doorway in the late antique “Arch of Janus”, Rome. Photo: TMK, April 2009.

Fayum Travelogue 24 December 2008

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Karanis
The North temple at Karanis in the Fayum. Photo: TMK, May 2008.

A great series of posts on travelling in the Fayum over at Reflections in the Nile:
Egyptian Bureaucracy
Faiyum Here We Come
Roman Faiyum
Faiyum’s Playground
Narmouthis and Tebtunis
Hawara & Lahun
The Road South

Aanjar 8 November 2008

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Some snapshots from the spectacular Umayyad site of Aanjar in Lebanon. This fortified city was built in the early 8th century AD on the same principles as a Roman city, i.e. using a square grid plan and with colonnaded streets. Its builders also made extensive use of spolia. Aanjar had several bathhouses, heated by hypocaust systems and decorated with mosaic floors. By all means, a fascinating site!

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Aanjar, Lebanon: View towards the Anti-Lebanon mountains. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Anjar Tetrapylon
Tetrapylon in the centre of Aanjar, Lebanon. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

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Aanjar, Lebanon: Site overview taken from city walls. Photo: TMK, October 2008.
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Theodoret’s Digs 1 November 2008

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Here’s some photos from Theodoret’s hometown of Cyrrhus in northern Syria. Theodoret was famously outspoken on the ‘errors’ of pagan gods. In his Ellenikon Therapeutike Pathematon (“Remedy for Greek [i.e. pagan] Maladies”), he condemned representations of Venus as “more shameless than that of any prostitute standing in front of a brothel” (3.79) and caricatured Dionysos “that limb-loosener and effeminate creature” (3.80).

Cyrrhus
Ruins of Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Cyrrhus theatre
The theatre at Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Cyrrhus
Acropolis fortifications, Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Roman bridge near Cyrrhus
Roman bridge (still in use) near Cyrrhus, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008.

Alexandria Sunset 12 September 2008

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Solnedgang i Alexandria
Sunset in the Eastern Harbour of Alexandria. Photo: TMK, May 2008.

Solnedgang i Alexandria
Sunset in the Eastern Harbour of Alexandria. Photo: TMK, May 2008.

A Visit to “Le Jardin Romain” 21 August 2008

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Jardin Romain de Caumont
65 metres worth of opus spicatum, Caumont-sur-Durance. Photo: TMK, August 2008.

A relatively ‘new’ Roman site in Provence is “Le Jardin Romain” in Caumont-sur-Durance. The site opened in July 2006, and has branded itself as a sort of didactic playground (labyrinth included). The villa to which the garden originally belonged is still buried below modern housing, but its centrepiece, a 65 metres long monumental basin paved with opus spicatum can now be seen in its full glory. The owner’s taste for a luxurious villa lifestyle is also suggested by other finds such as Campana plaques and marble statuary (now in Avignon).

Jardin Romain de Caumont
Another view of the monumental basin, Caumont-sur-Durance. Photo: TMK, August 2008.

Jardin Romain de Caumont
French site management at Caumont-sur-Durance. Photo: TMK, August 2008.

Mátala (Suite II) 11 August 2008

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Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Mátala (Suite I) 10 August 2008

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Some images from an early morning visit to the beach at Mátala, Crete.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.