Monday, May 31

Turkey May 2010 - Pergamon Asclepion

Pergamon also has the ruins of the Asclepion, a health complex (where Galen practiced) . At the end of this parade (which would have been a row of SHOPS [only 2,000 years too late!]), potential patients would be assessed. Pregnant women and the terminally ill weren't allowed in, which was cheating if you ask me.

There were lots of little lizards around...

...who were rather shy.

Unlike this little tortoise, the first I've ever seen in the wild.

The columns were rather lovely.

Wouldn't mind this in the back garden.

On this broken column you can see three health symbols: snakes, olive branches, and the wheel of life.
The poppies and wild flowers were absolutely lovely.

One of the main form of diagnosis was dream analysis, so heaven only knows what they'd have made of me.

The site had various mod cons, including a tunnel to travel around the site if it was raining....

...and a decent sized theatre.

I was rather taken by the little ball and claw feet that marked the end of each row.

It was shades of Ozymandias...

...especially this one that's upside down!

Turkey May 2010 - Pergamon Acropolis 2

The hill that the Acropolis is on is quite steep.... they're building a ski lift!

Turkey May 2010 - Pergamon Acropolis

I wish I could take you there. To feel the heat of the sun, and hear the whispering of the grass in the wind. To the site that was once one of the greatest libraries in the ancient world.

The Acropolis consists of the remains of a number of different buildings. This is the temple of Trajan...

...the Trajaneum.

The wall which looks like modern concrete, is in fact, ancient concrete :-).

Obligatory snap of Adam scaring himself with the drop!

The temple of Athena, the oldest building on the site.

Where the Altar of Zeus would have been, if it hadn't been carted off to Berlin. I feel very torn...part of me wishes that the altar was still at the Acropolis, but it needs to be properly conserved (which it is, in a quite wonderful museum).
The theatre had a capacity of 10,000... you can see, it has the steepest seating of any known temple in the ancient world.

And my legs are too short for my feet to touch the next step here too.

The Temple of Dionysus - looks rather a nice little temple. Although I shudder to think what went on there...:-)

Sunday, May 2

Blackfriars Spring Fair

It takes more than a spot of rain to put paid to a Spring Fair. I don't think the refectory had had a bouncy castle in it before.

After all, Br. Robert, and Br. Ursus had made some delicious fudge...

...(nothing like a bit of celebrity endorsement)...

...even Fr. Ben was in party mood, although I couldn't persuade him onto the bouncy castle!

Guess where I was last night...

I was in Oxford, in a very uncomfortable seat...

...and this was my view.

Now that's what I call a cat toy!

My cats go wild for the small version, so heaven only knows how they'd react to this one!