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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

JUNE 19th: Travel To Bergama District, Izmir Province Turkey

We said goodbye to Greece and to the Malemi hotel at 7am and drove to the ferry station to await our return to Turkey. This marked the end of our first phase of experiments and sadly meant that our Professors Dr. John Barthell and Dr. John Hranitz would leave soon for the US. Their incredible positivity, fun nature, and nurturing care will definitively be missed in the upcoming weeks.
We boarded a bus from the ferry port Avylik to Dikili and took a taxi to Bergama. We arrived at our hotel, Gobi Pension, in the late afternoon and were greeted by a sweet old man whose smile masked his inability to speak English. His son Mustafa spoke great English and brought us chai and fruit while we all talked about Bergama. The early arrival allowed some of us to take a trip to the Bergama museum, which houses artifacts from the surrounding areas.
Demeter Terrace: Acropolis: Roman Period
Taken from the Asklepieion: Roman Period

One of my favorites, the Centaur, I can only imagine how magnificent this was as a complete art piece. 
This is for some of you art history friends I have... I know yall would have loved this museum!

Excavations of Myrina brought Hellinistic and Archaic Period figurines and artifacts to light.
2 century BC-11 century AD

The Asklepieion of Pergamum (Bergama) and use of its "healing springs" was established on the slopes of Mount Geyikli in the mid 4th century BC and flourished in the Hellenistic period. It was one of the most important medical and therapeutic centers in the Antiquity. Its most celebrated periods occurred during the 2nd century in the treatment methods of the famous physician Galen.

Roman Periods (2- 3rd Century AD) burial finds:

Roman Period: Asklepieion

The center of this mosaic features the head of Medusa, which was found decorating the floor of a building at the Acroplis. Medusa is one of the three Gorgon sisters in mythology and was a symbol of evil and horror and had serpents as hair.  Pergamon (lower city, Roman period 3rd Century AD)

Turkish Embroidery


And no days complete until I spot a crazy looking bug! 

<3 M

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