3000-yr ? old Ionic column at Magnesia – 22 April 2015—–Magnesia On The Meander: All the best minds agree that these column capitals, which are unlike any others, are 3000 years old. I did not know that Meander, a verb for an ambling journey with many hesitations and turns, is an actual river- often portrayed as a god.
STOCK TRADER TOMB FACE
The face of a New York stock trader carved on this tombstone (?) at Magnesia—–Stopped at a small WC building surrounded by statuary brought from the massive Magnesia excavation. This fellow was among them. He is the god Hermes (Mercury, to the Romans) the changeable herald god of herds, trade, athletes, & thieves. Yes, a New York stock trader!!
HAN GATE IN TYRE
Old han in Tyre, Izmir. This gate sees a lot of action! In and out with loaded trays on Market Day – July 8 2014 – From 1420-something: Ottoman—–I was riveted by this gateway and had to draw it for 2 hours while my sister and my friend went all over the Bazaar. It only looks abandoned. I wish I had been more energetic, and tried to draw the constant flow of people running through the gate.
JULIA IN HER ELEMENT
Julia in her element at Priene—–Archeologist Julia Shear relaxing with the columns of the Temple of Apollo in the background. Traveling through these ancient cities with her was a joy. She’s my bright light in the field of Ancient Civilizations. I wish I had drawn the enormous inscriptions in Hellenistic Greek that she translated as we walked over them in these old stone places. What an experience!
MILETUS FROM AFAR
From the theater hilltop in Miletus 22 April 2015—–I was gimpy from a fall in the winter snows, so sat on the hilltop and drew while Julia roamed the ruins, appearing antlike on the path in the far distance. A happy day.