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Visual reconstructions of great sites of Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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Today I’m dealing with the architectural reconstructions of ancient and medieval cities, temples, harbours, theatres, fortifications etc, by J.C. Golvin, a French architect and archaeologist.

I strongly recommend J.C. Golvin’s site to architects, civil engineers and archaeologists. It really helped me to

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Late spring AD 118 –Hadrian inspects his troops along the Danube Limes (#Hadrian1900)

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Republication from Carole Raddato‘s superb website:  Following hadrian

The Danube in spring. Kazan gorge at its narrowest point.

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Soon after suppressing the disturbances that had broken out in Moesia Inferior (see previous post here), Hadrian embarked on a quick inspection of the military bases along the lower and middle Danube frontier. The new emperor knew the area well through his appointment as governor of the province of Pannonia Inferior in 106 AD, also on the Danube frontier, where he took command of Legio II Adiutrix, the very legion with which he had begun his military career (AD 94-95).

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Ανάκτορο Δημητριάδας

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Aναδημοσίευση από odysseus.culture.gr

 

Tο ανακτορικό συγκρότημα της Δημητριάδας ήταν το κέντρο της πολιτικής και διοικητικής δράσης των Μακεδόνων βασιλέων. Δεσπόζει επάνω σε ύψωμα στο ανατολικό τμήμα της πόλης, βόρεια της αγοράς. Χρονολογείται στο α΄ τέταρτο του 2ου αι. π.Χ., στην εποχή του Μακεδόνα βασιλιά Φίλιππου Ε΄, αλλά οικοδομήθηκε επάνω σε προγενέστερο συγκρότημα, του 3ου αι. π.Χ., ερείπια του οποίου εντοπίσθηκαν κυρίως στη βορειοανατολική περιοχή. Το ανάκτορο φαίνεται ότι εγκαταλείφθηκε μετά τη μάχη της Πύδνας, το 168 π.X., και το τέλος της μακεδονικής δυναστείας.

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Book Review: The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the 11th through the 15th Century by S. Vryonis, University of California Press

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The loss of Asia Minor is often seen as the most decisive factor in the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Asia Minor was the territorial core of the empire during the Middle Byzantine Era. It was a wealthy and populous country of many millions of inhabitants, the main source of resources, raw materials, human resources, employees and soldiers for the Byzantine Empire. Its loss was, indeed, a major cause for the collapse of the Empire. However, this collapse was due to higher and wider political, social, economic, military, religious, ethnological and other negative parameters which in the first place led to the fall of Byzantine Asia Minor and then to the fall of the other imperial territories and eventually of the capital itself. More

Venetian expansion part II

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More maps on the Venetian territorial and commercial expansion. The first map notes the Venetian territorial expansion in North Italy and Dalmatia till 1509. The second image is a plan/depiction of the city in 1761.

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Architectural details of ancient Hellenic temples

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Some digital images on architectural details of ancient Hellenic temples. The first image depicts a corner peristylion, the second image depicts a coloured gate and the last one a detail of the southwest wing buildings of the Acropolis of Athens.

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