Turkey's top Hellenic and Hellenistic sites.

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Aristodimos

Ansonia, CT

#1 Feb 24, 2013
www.todayszaman.com/news-307925-turkeys-top-1...

The Turks can not hide the sun with the palm of their hand.
[Chinese proverb]
Aristodimos

Ansonia, CT

#2 Feb 24, 2013
The above were the top Hellenic and Hellenistic sides.

In 330 AD the the empire had adopted the Orthodox Christianity.Constantinople or Istanbul was build by Constantine the great and became the capital of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Roman Emperor

Enfield, UK

#3 Feb 24, 2013
Aristodimos wrote:
The above were the top Hellenic and Hellenistic sides.
In 330 AD the the empire had adopted the Orthodox Christianity.Constantinople or Istanbul was build by Constantine the great and became the capital of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
.
Constantine the Great ia a The Roman Emperor
.......NOT GREEK
You stole Macadonian history now trying to steal Roman history?
f@cking thiefs
Brit

Nicosia, Cyprus

#4 Feb 24, 2013
Look who is talking about stealing!!!

No Brains...Stupid comments.
Aristodimos

Ansonia, CT

#5 Feb 24, 2013
Roman Emperor wrote:
<quoted text>
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Constantine the Great ia a The Roman Emperor
.......NOT GREEK
You stole Macadonian history now trying to steal Roman history?
f@cking thiefs
Nobody stole anything moron.We know that Constantine the Great was a Roman emperor.Many Roman emperors were not from Rome,they were Illyrian,Syria,Spain or every part of the empire.

He moved the capital of the empire from Rome to new Rome to an old Greek city called Byzas in the Bosporus.Later was renamed Constantinople or Istanbul[to the city in Greek]

Since: Sep 09

ISTANBUL

#6 Feb 24, 2013
Aristodimos wrote:
<quoted text>
Nobody stole anything moron.We know that Constantine the Great was a Roman emperor.Many Roman emperors were not from Rome,they were Illyrian,Syria,Spain or every part of the empire.
He moved the capital of the empire from Rome to new Rome to an old Greek city called Byzas in the Bosporus.Later was renamed Constantinople or Istanbul[to the city in Greek]
Konstantin the Greek was not even Greek.

He was East Roman his real name was ""Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus""" and he was Albanian like your savior(!)in 1821.

Konstantinopolis was not Konstantinopolis and it was Nea Roma.

Konstantin was not even Greek .

He was not even Orthodox.

He was not even Christian.

He was a pagan albanian roman.

He used Apollon the Roman god in the moneys and he used his portrait as ""Sol Victius"""Sun God.

He was baphtished by the thief prists after his

death:)))Hahahahaahahaha

as a normal Klephtocratic Greek habit.

Istanbul is 8.000years older then Konstantin...

See the Yenikapi exgavations in Google pls.

Just like everything Greek,Konstantinopolis is not Greek too

Since: Sep 09

ISTANBUL

#7 Feb 24, 2013
First-time visitors to Turkey are often astonished to discover its wealth of Roman remains, more by far than can be found in Italy.

These remains are evidence of a cold, hard fact.

In the end it didn’t matter how rich or powerful were the kings who had ruled over the myriad states that filled Iron and Bronze Age Anatolia.

The Phrygians, the Lydians, the Ionians, the Carians, the Lycians -- in the end they all succumbed to the juggernaut that was Roman might, sometimes as the result of military defeat, sometimes simply by throwing in the towel in the face of the inevitable.

Only the Urartians remained undisturbed by Roman power in their far eastern strongholds.

Almost everywhere you go in Turkey you’ll be within easy reach of reminders of the Romans who rebuilt almost all the settlements previously occupied by other people except those of the Phrygians.

When thinking of Roman Anatolia, most people tend to remember the famous coastal (or near coastal) sites such as Ephesus and Aspendos, but traces of the Romans can be found far and wide.

It was, after all, near Tokat that Julius Caesar made his famous “I came, I saw, I conquered” remark, and there are ruins of the once-sizeable Roman town of Sebastopolis in nearby Sulusaray.

&#304;stanbul, Ankara, &#304;zmir -- all these huge modern cities also retain reminders of the Romans: the Çemberlita&#351; in &#304;stanbul, the Temple of Augustus in Ankara and the Agora in &#304;zmir.

The Roman era can be divided into two separate parts: the republic that lasted from c.509 B.C. to c.27 B.C., and the empire that lasted from c.27 B.C to A.D. 476 before slowly collapsing (the eastern part that encompassed most of what is now Turkey evolved into the Byzantine Empire).

Since: Sep 09

ISTANBUL

#8 Feb 24, 2013
The term Pax Romana (The Roman Peace) is used to describe the extended period of unusual calm that fell over the disparate provinces of the empire from 27 B.C. until A.D. 180 and gave rise to a period of frenetic building activity.

Visitors to Turkey are spoilt for choice when it comes to Roman sites, and the following are just a few suggested highlights.

The best museums for Roman lovers are the &#304;stanbul, Antalya and Bergama Archeology Museums, as well as the two magnificent mosaic museums in Gaziantep and Antakya, reminders of just how far east the Roman writran.

Ephesus (Efes)

When it comes to Turkey’s Roman sites the star in the firmament has to be Ephesus, the once-Ionian city that became part of the territory of the Attalids of Pergamum and was bequeathed to Rome in 133 B.C. by King Attalus III.

As the capital of the Roman province of Asia, Ephesus may have been second in size only to Rome itself.

Today tourists can’t get enough of the site, not least because its position makes it an easy excursion destination not just from Ku&#351;adas&#305; and Selçuk but also for cruise passengers anchored in &#304;zmir.

For some people the crowds detract from the splendor of the monuments, but most still come away stunned at the sheer scale of what survives with the most famous and photographed monuments being the theater and the Library of Celsus, both completed in the second century A.D. What really makes Ephesus stand out, however, are the Terraced Houses, the fabulous homes that have been dug up complete with frescoed walls and mosaic floors.

You must pay an additional entrance fee to see them, but more than anywhere else in the country they offer an insight into what life must have been like for Rome’s more comfortably off citizens in the first and second centuries A.D.

Aphrodisias

Once little more than the site of a Carian shrine, Aphrodisias grew into a town that supported the Romans in the Mithridatic Wars in return for which it was for many years allowed to govern itself as a free city.

Today the ruins here are second in extent only to those at Ephesus and the remains of the fine stadium make a stunning sight in spring when it fills up with poppies.

Aphrodisias’ inland location means that it’s less overrun with visitors who can, nonetheless, admire a stunning theater and odeon, as well as the magnificent reconstructed Sebasteion where the Roman emperors were worshipped as gods.

The on-site museum houses examples of the wonderful statuery for which the city was famed.

Hierapolis (Pamukkale)

In the rush to admire Pamukkale’s travertines visitors sometimes forget that this was also a thermal center much loved by the Romans who left on the slopes above them extensive remains of a large city complete with a superb theater, an enormous agora and a necropolis of superb funerary art that stretches for a whole two kilometers.

Since: Sep 09

ISTANBUL

#9 Feb 24, 2013
Bergama

Bergama, the ancient Pergamum, is in some ways the sleeping beauty of Turkey’s Roman heritage, its two splendid sites all too often overlooked by visitors. Recently, though, they have been made much more readily accessible by the provision of a funicular up to the lofty Acropolis and the relocation of the entrance to the Asclepion, the ancient medical center.

The Acropolis is dominated by the reconstructed remains of a huge Temple to Trajan, but its most famous relic is a theater cut into the hillside at an angle calculated to induce vertigo in its audience.

You certainly shouldn’t leave Bergama without visiting its museum, which houses some of the finds from Allianoi, the nearby Roman thermal resort that vanished beneath the waters of the Yortanl&#305; reservoir in 2011.

Patara

The Lycian settlement of Patara surrendered to the Roman general, Brutus, in 42 B.C. It then evolved into a fine Roman city approached via a magnificent city gate that still stands today. This is a site for romantics as the remains lie scattered over a beautiful, partially water-logged plain behind the famously long Patara beach whose sands, until recently, claimed the theater.

The old odeon here has recently been renovated and you should make sure to inspect the huge granary built by Hadrian (A.D. 117-138), a Roman emperor whose handiwork is visible at many Turkish sites.

Arykanda

Originally settled by the Lycians, Arykanda, a town that became Roman in A.D. 43, is one of Turkey’s hidden gems, tucked away on the road that runs inland from Finike to Elmal&#305; so that many people never get to see the spectacular theater and stadium arrayed on terraces above the extensive remains of the town.

Termessos

Hidden away in a mountain retreat high above Antalya, Termessos has to be one of the most evocative of all the Roman sites.

Originally peopled by the somewhat mysterious Psidians, Termessos held out against Alexander the Great but succumbed inevitably to the Romans in 70 B.C. while nonetheless retaining a degree of independence.

The Romans then remodelled its wonderful Hellenistic theater, which was set so high up that ancient audiences must have felt as if they were floating in the clouds.

Side

Modern Side may be something of an overblown package-holiday resort, but in recent years much has been done to uncover more of the impressive Roman city that once stood here.

The huge freestanding theater is once again open to the public who can also admire an elaborate monumental fountain and several ruinous temples, two of them right by the sea. The small museum, housed in what was once a bathhouse, is also worth a visit.

Perge

Like Side, Perge was occupied by the Romans in the second century B.C. when they tired of the disruptive activities of local pirates.

The ruins of Roman Perge are some of the most extensive in Turkey and this is certainly a site that merits more than the rushed couple of hours allocated to it on most tours.

Here, as at Ephesus and Hierapolis, you can stroll along an ancient Roman road lined with shops that ends at a graceful fountain. Here, too, you can stroll in the agora and listen for the voices of Roman citizens debating beneath its pillared porticoes.

Like Aphrodisias, Perge was known for its sculptors; the best of their work can be seen in Antalya’s wonderful museum.

Aspendos

The one overwhelming reason to visit Aspendos as well as Side and Perge is to see the huge freestanding theater designed for it by a second-century A.D. architect named Zeno who fitted the stage with a solid backdrop instead of leaving it open to the scenery as the Greeks had done.

Reused in Selçuk times as a caravanserai, the theater survived in such good shape that Atatürk had it restored so that it could be used for modern entertainment. While you’re here you might also like to take a look at a remaining stretch of Roman aqueduct nearby.

Since: Sep 09

ISTANBUL

#10 Feb 24, 2013
Nothing is Greek in anatolia because there was no Greek civilization or culture or name in the history
Aristodimos

Ansonia, CT

#11 Feb 24, 2013
OguzTolga wrote:
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Konstantin the Greek was not even Greek.
He was East Roman his real name was ""Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus""" and he was Albanian like your savior(!)in 1821.
Konstantinopolis was not Konstantinopolis and it was Nea Roma.
Konstantin was not even Greek .
He was not even Orthodox.
He was not even Christian.
He was a pagan albanian roman.
He used Apollon the Roman god in the moneys and he used his portrait as ""Sol Victius"""Sun God.
He was baphtished by the thief prists after his
death:)))Hahahahaahahaha
as a normal Klephtocratic Greek habit.
Istanbul is 8.000years older then Konstantin...
See the Yenikapi exgavations in Google pls.
Just like everything Greek,Konstantinopolis is not Greek too
I do not disagree with you.Roman emperor Konstantine was an Illyrian.Apollon was a Greek Olympian god.The Romans were worshiping the Greek gods of Olympus just like the Greeks.[Zeus=Jupiter][Hermes=M ercury][Athena=Minerva][Poseid on=Neptune]They were called pagan.

Christianity was a new religion that was adopted by the Romans in order to unify the many ethnic groups and divisions of the empire,just what Lenin did by forcing Marxism or Communism to the Soviet Union.
Mkz6

Bellport, NY

#12 Feb 24, 2013
OguzTolga wrote:
Nothing is Greek in anatolia because there was no Greek civilization or culture or name in the history
WTF you people are tslking about ?go to school
London Observer

Enfield, UK

#13 Feb 24, 2013
Mkz6 wrote:
<quoted text>WTF you people are tslking about ?go to school
He is a History teacher for Greeks
greek

Union, NJ

#14 Feb 24, 2013
Roman Emperor wrote:
<quoted text>
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Constantine the Great ia a The Roman Emperor
.......NOT GREEK
You stole Macadonian history now trying to steal Roman history?
f@cking thiefs
He spoke Greek and made Christianity the official State religion in the
Roman Empire.He is considered a Saint in the Greek Orthodox religion
Turks always say they have respect for other religions BULLSHIT
Democracy United States

Watseka, IL

#15 Feb 24, 2013
London Observer wrote:
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He is a History teacher for Greeks
He is a history teacher that never graduated school.
Democracy United States

Watseka, IL

#16 Feb 24, 2013
OguzTolga wrote:
Nothing is Greek in anatolia because there was no Greek civilization or culture or name in the history
Oh yes there was remember the people you killed to take over their territory, homes and property?
greeko

Australia

#17 Feb 24, 2013
OguzTolga wrote:
Nothing is Greek in anatolia because there was no Greek civilization or culture or name in the history
I am embarrassed for you.
Democracy United States

Watseka, IL

#18 Feb 24, 2013
Roman Emperor wrote:
<quoted text>
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Constantine the Great ia a The Roman Emperor
.......NOT GREEK
You stole Macadonian history now trying to steal Roman history?
f@cking thiefs
the wannabee muslim slavic macedonians stole from us!
The very name of macedonia is greek!

We don't need to steal anything from the romans.
You see when it split into east and west things became
different. Greek was the official language in the eastern part later on.
Democracy United States

Watseka, IL

#19 Feb 24, 2013
OguzTolga wrote:
<quoted text>
Konstantin the Greek was not even Greek.
He was East Roman his real name was ""Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus""" and he was Albanian like your savior(!)in 1821.
Konstantinopolis was not Konstantinopolis and it was Nea Roma.
Konstantin was not even Greek .
He was not even Orthodox.
He was not even Christian.
He was a pagan albanian roman.
He used Apollon the Roman god in the moneys and he used his portrait as ""Sol Victius"""Sun God.
He was baphtished by the thief prists after his
death:)))Hahahahaahahaha
as a normal Klephtocratic Greek habit.
Istanbul is 8.000years older then Konstantin...
See the Y
enikapi exgavations in Google pls.
Just like everything Greek,Konstantinopolis is not Greek too
Albania did not exist at that time. They have nothing to do with the illyrians.
Constantine was born in a thracian city/province. Thracians are greek.
Mkz6

Bellport, NY

#20 Feb 24, 2013
Roman Emperor wrote:
<quoted text>
.
Constantine the Great ia a The Roman Emperor
.......NOT GREEK
You stole Macadonian history now trying to steal Roman history?
f@cking thiefs
Idiot everthing the roman knew were taken from
The Greeks banana idiot read fkn history

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