Day Seven, Miletus, Priene, Turkey

November 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Wow, I have just had a very busy last few days in south central Turkey... making it difficult to find time to choose and prepare the photos and text for the blog.  Therefore, if you don't mind, I will put up the images from the last several days without much research and writing.  I will add the comments at a later date.

BIBLE LINK - EVERYTHING MILETUS

This is the Miletus theatre.

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Acts 20:17 From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him.
2Ti 4:20 Erastus stayed in Corinth. Trophimus I left ill in Miletus.
Acts 20:15 We set sail from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. The next day we approached Samos, and the day after that we arrived at Miletus.

Here you can see a stone carving of a man or angel fighting what looks to be a bear or tiger.  Also, on the left, a man or angel and his dog are killing a ram.  Maybe it's an image of a gladiator fighting a beast.

All the seating row ends had lion claws.

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Just across what used to be a large sea water port is PRIENE.

Priene (Ancient Greek: Πριήνη, Priēnē) was an ancient Greek city of Ionia (and member of the Ionian League) at the base of an escarpment of Mycale, about 6 kilometres (4 mi) north of the then course of the Maeander (now called the Büyük Menderes or "Big Maeander") River, 67 kilometres (42 mi) from today's Aydin, 15 kilometres (9 mi) from today's Söke and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from ancient Miletus. It was formerly on the sea coast, built overlooking the ocean on steep slopes and terraces extending from sea level to a height of 380 metres (1,250 ft) above sea level at the top of the escarpment.[3] Today, after several centuries of changes in the landscape, it is an inland site.

 

Priene. Sanctuary of Athena with reconstructed columns. In the background is the cliffside of the Akropolis

Priene possessed a great deal of famous Hellenistic art and architecture. The city's original position on Mount Mycale has never actually been discovered; however, it is believed that it was a peninsula possessing two harbours. Priene never held a great deal of political importance due to the city's size, as it is believed around 4 to 5 thousand inhabitants occupied the region. The city was arranged into four districts, firstly the political district which consisted of the Bouleterion and the Prytaneion, the cultural district containing the Theatre, the commercial where the Agora was located and finally the religious district which contained sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus and Demeter and most importantly the Temple of Athena.

I loved the front row seating here.  What a place of prominence...

 

 

 


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