Remains

Buildings, statues, pictures. What they saw, what’s left?

Homer was the first Geographer

The Greeks caught the Trojan spy Dolon and made him give away the Trojan’s line of battle …

To seaward, Carians … - inland, towards Thymbra, camp the Lycians …

From the sea to Thymbra. Strabo put Thymbra south of Ilium. This line…

Visiting Achilles

The Greeks raised a tomb on the Troad to their greatest hero …

over your bones we reared a grand, noble tomb – devoted veterans all, Achaea’s combat forces – high on its jutting headland over Hellespont’s broad reach, a landmark…

The rise and fall of Holy Troy

Homer’s celebration of the fall of Troy was the bible of Greece and the rebuilt city would forever be defined by her forebear’s glorious defeat.

Xerxes visited a modest New Troy on his way to conquer Greece. He would honor Priam, as an Asian king defeated…

Still an Entrance

Still an entrance ...

"Porta Nigra"

The Porta Nigra, the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, the only survivor of four through Trier’s protective walls, the one to the North. Given how orderly the Romans were, you shouldn’t wonder long where the other three…

Gushing Waters

In Cities in Civilization Peter Hall details Rome’s water system.

Eventually, Rome had a system of fourteen aqueducts, reaching a length of some 508 kilometres … delivered a billion litres of pure spring water … into the city every twenty four hours;…