Nicopolis, Epirus – Part III

Continued From Nicopolis, Epirus Part II Just across the dirt path (where the cardo maximus would have run) to the west of the odeon are the remains of a temple. Like the bathing complex adjacent to the odeon, these remains too are heavily overgrown and difficult to view from the ground, but perhaps a slightly…

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Patrae, Achaea – Part I

Most Recent Visit: May 2021 Located near the northern extent of the Peloponnese at the entrance of the Gulf of Corinth is the city of Patrae (also Patrai or Patra). Today it is located among the modern city of Patras, a name clearly derived from the ancient name. The mythological origins of the settlement date…

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Corinth, Achaea – Part III

Continued From Corinth Part II The northeast corner of Corinth’s forum is a bit messier and less orthogonal than the rest of the fairly rectilinear forum. Though during the Roman period it was covered over and the area was largely an open space, presently the remains of some elements of the Sacred Spring are now…

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Philippopolis, Thracia – Part II

Continued from Philippopolis Part I Not far to the northeast of the northern part of Philippopolis’ forum is the area of the Great Basilica or the Bishop’s Basilica. When I first visited in 2017, the area was exposed but inaccessible. It appeared to be in an active state of excavation and conservation. Many of the…

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Arelate, Gallia Narbonensis – Part II

Continued From Arelate Part I A bit north of the Place du Forum, at about 13 Rue du Sauvage, are the remains of a basilica incorporated into the façade of the Hôtel d’Arlatan. A sign on the building on the west side of Rue du Sauvage marks the spot. Some of the stonework in the…

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Vienna, Gallia Narbonensis – Part I

Most Recent Visit: June 2018 As early as at least the 4th century CE, the site of the Roman town of Vienna (not to be confused with modern Vienna, Austria, which was called Vindobona during the Roman period) was the location of an oppidum of the Allobroges tribe. The location of Vienna on the Rhône…

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Tarraco, Hispania Tarraconensis – Part I

Most Recent Visit: June 2016 At the eventual site of the Roman colony of Tarraco was an Iberian settlement, probably called Cissa and belonging to the Cessetani tribe. Other names associated with the city are Cissis, Kesse, and Kosse. Another theory proposed is that it was a Phoenician colony with the name of Tarchon. The…

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Saguntum, Hispania Tarraconensis – Part II

See Part I of Saguntum for a map of site locations. Not far from the museum is the so-called ‘Temple of Diana’, which is in actuality not associated with any temple to Diana or any other deity, but instead seems to be a part of the second century BCE Ibero-Roman fortification walls of Saguntum constructed…

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Augusta Emerita, Lusitania – Part VI

Quick Info: Address (Circus): Avenida Juan Carlos I s/n 06800 Mérida Hours: Everyday 09:00-21:00 (April to September) Everyday 09:30-18:30 (October to March) Admission: 6 Euros (15 Euros combination ticket) Continued From Augusta Emerita Part V In addition to the amphitheater and theater area, there are a few other public buildings and areas of note able…

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Toletum, Hispania Tarraconensis

Most Recent Visit: June 2016 Quick Info: Address: Termas Romanas Plaza Amador de los Ríos, 3 45001 Toledo Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-14:00, 16:00-20:00 Sunday 10:00-14:00 Monday Closed Admission: Free Address: Cuevas de Hércules Callejón San Ginés, 3 45001 Toledo Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-14:00, 17:00-19:00 Sunday,Monday Closed Admission: Free Despite becoming an important city starting in late antiquity,…

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