Istanbul – Aphrodisias

I’ve been traveling on a reduced rate faculty history trip in Turkey through the connections at Kilns College. 

I’ve visited several ancient sites and am getting to learn a lot about the classical and biblical worlds.

We’ve been from Istanbul through the unbelievably well preserved Greco-Roman city Aphrodisias, which takes its name from the goddess Aphrodite. Tomorrow we’re heading into ancient Ephesus with renowned classical scholar Mark Wilson.  Saturday it’s on to Athens.

Thinking about the boring buildings in a local strip mall takes on a whole new character when you’re walking the ancient city of Troy – with ruins dating back several thousand years B.C.

Below are a few pictures:

  • The mosaic of Christ in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (one of the iconic images of Byzantium)
  • A picture of me in front of the Temple of Trajan
  • A floor mosaic from an ancient Jewish Synagogue in Sardis
  • Snow capped mountains in the background of ruins at Hierapolis
  • Ancient Pergamum



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