The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Twenty Two

On the last afternoon of our pilgrimage, we went to the famous Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which is actually three museums in one--- an Oriental/ANE museum, a tile museum, and the main archaeological museum.... It's an embarrassment of riches...We walked down an old street to reach the main gate, passing various lovely old houses...Once you pass the gate, you run right into Aslan, the guardian lion (as I mentioned aslan is the turkish work for lion).Immediately to the … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Twenty One

One of the more important churches (now a museum) in all of Turkey is the famous Chora Church, so-called because it was out in the country originally. Now it's in a crowded Istanbul neighborhood, which makes it difficult to even get a picture of the building. So you have to settle for a picture from a distance...Or you have to settle for a picture of a picture...Then you run the gauntlet of the vendors, the hawkers of icon copies and Iznik tile copies...Here is a brief … [Read more...]

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From Herakles to Rocket Raccoon— Summer Flicks that Leave a Mark

In a summer which has only been memorable for offering up no classic films of any genre whatever, one has to settle for the best of the rest. So, with some trepidation, we went to see the IMAX presentation of Hercules (Greek form of the name Herakles), starring Dwayne Rock Johnson (Mr. wrestler/body builder/fast and furious). This of course was bound to be an action flick, not famous for its wit, dialogue, or wisdom. Still, the sheer number of loud fighting scenes not merely threatened to … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage, Turkey, Part Twenty

By now you may be wondering---- o.k. we toured Ephesos, but where exactly did the temple of Artemis go? Glad you asked.... it's long gone, after the earthquakes the spot where it sat turned into a mosquito filled marsh... and today there is exactly one column left standing, which we are viewing from high atop the hill where the Basilica of St. John is. But which John?There is a real problem in figuring which John we are actually talking about, for whom the Basilica of St. John is … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage, Turkey, Part Nineteen

While it may boggle the mind of Americans, the Turkish government believes in supporting its important historic industries, for instance the Turkish carpet industry. While many countries in the Middle East have carpet makers, none have the quality and continuous heritage of making carpets that Turkey does. The problem is not mechanization, the problem is recruitment in this industry, because making handwoven carpets requires, thin, nimble, quick, mostly young fingers, and nowadays, most young … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Eighteen

Right across the street from the slope houses are the public baths and latrines. Men went at certain hours to the bath complexes, women at other hours. But of course only people who could afford it went. It cost money. The public latrines however seem to have been open to all. They look about how you would expect them to look, and BTW, no privacy in the privy. There is however an early image of Artemis by the door of the privy.Perhaps the most famous sight in all of Ephesos is the … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Seventeen

One of the more spectacular digs in all of Turkey has been the slope house dig, right in the middle of old Ephesos. We will now walk a little further down the hill, over mosaic inlaid streets, and enter the domain of the wealthy, and their penthouses downtown, seven of them, to be exact, and on three levels, with the two houses at the top level being the largest-- like modern penthouses. Probably 95% of the wealth in antiquity was controlled by the upper 2% of the population, and they … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Sixteen

Ephesos was a city of many temples, many gods, many priests, and Paul wanted nothing to do with any of them. The new excavation on the hill on the right side of the street has produced this.And here is the explanation.....Meanwhile, on the other side of the street and a little further down we have this...There were not merely temples everywhere, there were statues and steles of gods and goddesses everywhere, ranging from demi-gods like Herakles/Hercules to Nike the … [Read more...]