Alexandria's founded by Alexander

Alexandria's founded by Alexander the Great (by year BC): 334 Alexandria in Troia (Turkey) - 333 Alexandria at Issus/Alexandrette (Iskenderun, Turkey) - 332 Alexandria of Caria/by the Latmos (Alinda, Turkey) - 331 Alexandria Mygdoniae - 331 Alexandria (Egypt) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria of the Prophthasia/in Dragiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Arachosia (Kandahar, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Caucasus (Begram, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria of the Paropanisades (Ghazni, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria Eschate or Ultima (Khodjend, Tajikistan) - 329 Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum OR Termez, Afghanistan) - 328 Alexandria in Margiana (Merv, Turkmenistan) - 326 Alexandria Nicaea (on the Hydaspes, India) - 326 Alexandria Bucephala (on the Hydaspes, India) - 325 Alexandria Sogdia - 325 Alexandria Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene / Alexandria on the Indus (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 325 Alexandria Xylinepolis (Patala, India) - 325 Alexandria in Carminia (Gulashkird, Iran) - 324 Alexandria-on-the-Tigris/Antiochia-in-Susiana/Charax (Spasinou Charax on the Tigris, Iraq) - ?Alexandria of Carmahle? (Kahnu)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This season’s excavation project at Soli (near Mersin)

Somehow I have missed the results of last year’s excavations at Soli, which sounded very promising (see: A two-month project to excavate the city of Soli).

It seems that besides the visible columned street, main structures like the harbor, the theater, Roman Baths and aqueducts, as well as the city walls have been unearthed. The necropolis has exposed a large number of human remains among many gifts, including Byzantine seals, plates and bowls. Several statues of famous citizens and Roman Emperors that lined the main street have been uncovered, as well as statues of Asclepion, his daughter Hygeia, Zeus, Demeter, Nemesis and Dionysus.

So far, archaeologists have been able to reconstruct a number of fallen columns along the main street, meaning that there are at present 47 standing there in all their glory.

Part of the finds have been moved to the nearby Museum of Mersin, but I am certain that after this excavation season more artifacts will find their way to its exhibition rooms.

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