Photos of ancient Syracuse

31 January 2008
Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo

I have put online several photos of Syracuse, as an addition to an earlier article on the history of the capital of ancient Sicily. You will find something about the Euryaleus fort and the monuments of the isle of Ortygia: the Temple of Athena (now the Cathedral), the Temple of Apollo (photo), the Arethusa Well, and one photo of the pavement of an ancient street. On the mainland: the Greek theater (where AeschylusPersians was staged for the first time), the Roman amphitheater, and the altar where Hiero II sacrificed no less than 450 bulls on one, bloody day. There’s also a page on the notorious quarries, where 7,000 Athenians were once held captive (more…). The section with ancient texts on Syracuse is now also finished.

Dio of Prusa

29 January 2008

LacusCurtius‘ Bill Thayer has put online many translated texts by Dio of Prusa a.k.a. Dio Chrysostom. I counted 77 speeches and 5 (very brief) letters. Which leaves only three speeches before the great orator is completely available. Go here to enjoy it.

A Byzantine fort: Bu Grada

27 January 2008

OK, it’s a poetic cliché to say that the Mediterranean Sea is made of azure, but sometimes it happens to be true – for example, when I visited the remains of the Byzantine fort Boreum in January 2008. The photo shows the remains of an ancient pier in the southern harbor of the stronghold, which was (according to Procopius, Buildings, 6.2.12) built by Justinian. The site has not been excavated, but a wall with a moat, a pier, a tunnel, rock chambers, and a bastion can still be seen.

Syracuse & Dio Chrysostom

5 January 2008

I have put online a history of Syracuse. The story of the famous Athenian siege of the capital of Sicily was already online; more photos will follow as soon as I find some time. The photo shows the quarry in which the Athenians were held captured.

Bill continues with Dio Chrysostom: Discourses  11 (Troy was never captured), 49 (A Refusal of an Archontship), 57 (Nestor), 61 (Chryseis), and 62 (Kingship and Tyranny) are now available

Dio Chrysostom, Corupedium, and the Septimii

2 January 2008

LacusCurtius‘ Bill Thayer continues with the discourses of Dio Chrysostom; he has now put online oration 17 (On covetousness), 64 (On fortune, a.k.a. 63), 75 (On law), 76 (On custom), and a dialog 77-78 (On envy).

Meanwhile, I used the first day of the year to write a piece on the battle of Corupedium, in which Seleucus Nicator overcame Lysimachus, and I made an article on the ancestors of Septimius Severus, who are known from several inscriptions from Lepcis Magna. Most of them are now also online, although three inscriptions still need a translation. Speaking of Severus, today’s photo is a bust of the African emperor, which can be seen in the National Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki – a delightful place with a great collection.