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Miletus: Photos


The site of the harbor of Miletus, seen from the top of the theater. Photo Marco Prins. Miletus: (Μίλητος): one of the main Greek cities in Ionia.
  
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The site of the harbor of Miletus, seen from the Byzantine fortress near the top of the Graeco-Roman theater. The river Meander has deposited much sand in the area, so that the coastline has receded. The North Agora is to the right. Almost all ruins are from the Roman age.

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The agora of Miletus, seen from the west. Photo Marco Prins. The North Agora of Miletus, seen from the west. The region is now very marshy. A satellite photo can be seen here.
Model of the harbor area of Miletus. Pergamonmuseum, Berlin (Germany). Photo Marco Prins.
A model of the North Agora of Miletus, seen from the north. It is in the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin.
The agora of Miletus, seen from the north. Photo Marco Prins. The North Agora  of Miletus, seen from the north. The monument to the left is the Ionian stoa, which was built by the former Roman procurator of Asia, Tiberius Claudius Sophanus in c.50 CE. These wetlands are only accessible during the summer.
The thermae of Capito. Photo Marco Prins. The thermae of Capito, at the North Agora. The baths were built by a man named Vergilius Capito during the reign of the emperor Claudius (41-54).
The remains of a Roman naval monument. Photo Marco Prins. The remains of a Roman naval monument, possibly dedicated by Octavian to commemorate the naval battle off Actium (31 BCE), where he defeated Cleopatra VII Philopator of Egypt and Marc Antony. It was ornamented with tritons and the prows of warships. It is possible, however, that the monument is a generation older, and honored Pompey the Great, who had defeated the Cilician pirates.
The interior of the thermae of Faustina. Photo Marco Prins. The interior of the thermae of Faustina, the wife of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180). These baths must have been finished before 176, the year of Faustina's death. A satellite photo is here.
Statue of river god Meander in the thermae of Faustina. Photo Marco Prins. Statue of river god Meander in the thermae of Faustina.
The theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins. The Graeco-Roman theater of Miletus (satellite photo). It was built in the fourth century BCE, but rebuilt by the Roman, who tripled its size. From now on, 15,000 people could see a tragedy, comedy, or a gladiatorial contest.  On top of it are the remains of a fortress from the Byzantine age.
The theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins. Decoration of the theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins. Decoration of the theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins. Decoration of the theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins. The theater of Miletus. Photo Marco Prins.
The theater of Miletus, decorated with griffins and erotes fighting as gladiators

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