Saturday, March 2, 2013

Greek Graffiti in marble, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Greek Graffiti on the marble balconies, second level, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. I can just imagine their boredom, scratching these characters into the marble after services that could reach 5 hours or more. In the top picture there is even a game board on the right. 





Column of the Goths, Constantinople


Column of the Goths, Gulhane Park, Istanbul, Turkey. Attributed to either Clodius Gothicus II or Constantine the Great, as both had notable victories over the Goths. Probably the oldest monument in the city. It is located on a hill behind the Topkapi Place overlooking the Golden Horn and Sea of Marmara.
Yeah, I had to show up during the worst weather in 33 years. Snow for 3 days straight. Although, it was beautiful walking through the park while the snow softly fell and hardly anyone around. 

January 2012




Ancient Roman Coin: Faustina Senior, Cybele


  • Faustina Senior
  • Rome Mint
  • Roman Imperial
  • AS, green patina
  • Circa 141-150
  • Obv: Faustina Senior, draped bust right. 
  • DIVA FAVSTINA
  • Rev: Cybele, wearing polos, seated left, holding drum and branch
  • AVGVSTA SC
  • Ref: Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum (BMC 1518 type), not published as an AS, but Sestertius, page 243
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    Ancient Roman Coin: Faustina Senior, Ceres


    • Faustina Senior
    • Rome Mint
    • Roman Imperial
    • Denarius, in superb condition
    • Circa 141-150
    • Obv: Faustina Senior, draped bust right. 
    • DIVA FAVSTINA
    • Rev: Ceres standing left, holding out right hand, holding torch in left hand
    • AVGVSTA
    • Ref: Roman Imperial Coinage 361
    • Roman Silver Coins II 101a