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The Ancient Olba

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The Ancient Olba, 

The prosperous ancient city of Olba (Diocesarea forms, in Roman times, a part of this city), whose site is near the village of Uzuncaburç, was ruled by a dynasty of priests, the Teucrides II- 3rd century BC

At 1200 meters above sea level, there is the theater, the beautiful portico, the Temple of Tyche (Fortune), the north gate of the city, the columns of the Temple of Zeus (3rd century BC) which was very renowned in antiquity and is quite well preserved.

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A little away from the site, is a high tower built in the third or second century BC. JC and who belonged to the enclosure. New excavations are planned on this important site.

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In the photos below, there is a sarcophagus. We know that in Roman antiquity, the production of sarcophagi is organized in workshops. There are mainly three of them: in Rome, in Athens, and in Asia Minor, in Phrygia, in Dokimaion [today Iscehisar].
The sarcophagi of Asia Minor, like those of Athens, are carved on four sides and from the Flavian period [69-96 AD] adorned with heavy garlands hung on the heads of oxen. The sarcophagi, at first low and elongated, become in the fourth century, very high monuments.

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Extract from Strabo, Geography , translation by Amédée Tardieu, Hachette, 1880, book XIV

Zénophane’s daughter, one of the tyrants of Tracheotide, remembered the means employed by her father to usurp power, and, invoking her rights as a tutor, overwhelmed all authority. Later, having circumvented Antony and Cleopatra by her caresses and cares of all kinds, she was able to draw from them a donation in order, but she was overthrown too, and the power returned to the heirs
legitimate. “

www.turquie-culture.fr/pages/photographies/sites-archeologiques-et-historiques/uzuncaburc.html

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Archaeological excavations have been carried out since 2010 in the ancient city of Olba, located in the southern Turkish province of Mersin’s Silifke district by a team from the Gazi University Archaeology Department, headed by Professor Emel Erten.

The 500-person Olba Theater, which dates back to the Roman Empire and was completely underground before excavation works began, has been largely unearthed during this year’s works.

The architectural restoration team has reinforced the theater and renewed its foundations. The theater has also been photographed from the air and documented with architectural drawings.

One of the most important highlights of this year’s work is the Olba Monastery. Dating back to the 5th century A.D., the Roman-era monastery’s floor, covered with a series of fine details, has been delivered to the Silifke Museum. Excavation team members and the people of the region are now waiting for the display of the mosaic, which is unique in the whole region.

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“We have been carrying out the Olba excavations with the support of the Culture and Tourism Ministry for many years. Mersin Metropolitan Municipality also provided support this year. Thanks to this support, we have reached archaeological findings faster. This year we worked in the theater, the acropolis, the monastery and the eastern valley in Olba. We will announce the results in our magazine ‘Seleucia ad Calycadnum,’” said Ertem, who also headed the surface survey work at the ancient site between 2001 and 2009.

“The mosaics we found reveal the importance of Olba city. The high-quality mosaic floor depicts Tryphe, Bios and Lucia portraits, which symbolize life and luxury in ancient Greece, as well as winged angels. The floor dates back to the end of the 2nd century A.D., the late Roman era. The display of the mosaic will contribute to the region’s promotion and tourism,” said Erten.

www.hurriyetdailynews.com/olba-excavations-in-southern-turkey

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“Sereserpe”

Some words can’t be translated in English language. As this one, “sereserpe”… When I check on dictionary, I find them, “sprawl or comfortably”…

Whenever we pass in front of this restaurant, its name hits me. And every time I say to myself, I will search what means… Because in my language/culture the title for a restaurant is very odd! So you really wonder what means its name, and what kind of restaurant,…etc.

This time, when I came home, I searched on Google. WOW! It is a famous restaurant and origin was Ankara, the capital city of my country and then the owner opened another one in İstanbul too. As I learned, it’s being very popular but not popular for women..

On searching I read this, “If you are looking for a different restaurant, this is exactly what you are looking for. There is not knife, fork, and even plate! Your grilled meatballs coming on a grilled half bread… But the  speciality is the salad. Coming with many green herbs… Maybe one day I can visit there, just for taking pictures and my own videos…

For dessert menu, there are two choices, because they can serve them with toothpick in  stead of fork! One is oven baked pumpkin in syrup and another one is dessert of walnut. As they say, at the end they serve wet wipes too…

Ankara Sereserpe Köftecisi

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