Roman Sites In Turkey
Going far back in time, Roman Emperors, such as
Trajan above, left their mark on Turkey in a huge
number of sites all over the country.
Emperor Trajan would not be satisfied with the
condition of his temple on the Acropolis of Pergamum.
Still, something is left of Trajan's Temple in the Pergamum
Acropolis. The same cannot be said for the Alter of Zeus,
where all that remains in Pergamum is a pile of bricks, part
of the foundation. I have denounced this grand theft of the
Alter of Zeus in my videos of both Turkey and Germany.
The Alter of Zeus can now be found in Berlin's Pergamum
Museum, 19th century looting on a grand scale. The
Germans were hardly alone in such thievery, which a visit to
the British Museum in London will confirm. Hard to find
anything British in their display of thefts from the old world.
Roman theaters have fared much better. This is the
Greco/Roman Theater of Aspendos in Turkey, fully restored,
and back in service presenting elaborate productions.
The Aspendos Theater was offering Aida. I appreciated these
huge Egyptian sets, part of an Italian opera, staged in an
ancient Roman theater, for modern Turkish opera lovers.
My kind of globalization without any doubt.
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