photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Dick Osseman | profile | all galleries >> Xanthos or Xanthus - ancient city in Turkey tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

Xanthos or Xanthus - ancient city in Turkey

Bütün Türkiye resimleri için buraya basınız
Click here for my page with very many Turkish cities OR Other antique cities

From the Enc. Britt. which has -us: modern Kinik principal city of ancient Lycia. It is situated on a cliff above the mouth of the Koca (Xanthus) River in what is now western Turkey. The early history of Xanthus is unclear: although it is mentioned in early Lycian inscriptions, no Bronze Age remains have been found within the city. According to the Iliad, the Lycians, led by the hero Sarpedon, were the most prominent allies of Troy in the Trojan War. Xanthus reappears in the historical records of the 6th century BC as the principal city of Lycia. About 540 BC it was besieged by Harpagus, general of the Persian king Cyrus. The Lycians, forced within their walls, collected their wives and children and burned them, together with their slaves and treasure, under their acropolis; then, attacking the Persians, they died fighting to the last man. Soon rebuilt and repopulated, the city flourished from the 5th century BC to 42 BC, when, besieged by the Romans under the command of Brutus, it repeated its heroic defense. The site has well-preserved ruins of a theatre, temples, and other structures. The most remarkable ruins of the city are huge rock-cut pillar tombs; in the 19th century the British archaeologist Sir Charles Fellows sent reliefs and sections of the tombs to the British Museum, where they are exhibited today. Upon one of the remaining pillar tombs is the longest and most important of inscriptions in the Lycian language.

The Wikipedia has "Xanthos", which I find in several guides also. Whatever, I travelled more often in these regions in the nineties, and several times past by bus, for an instant glimpsing some pillar tombs, then moving on. In that sense finally getting here in 2011 felt like finally hitting a target I had often just missed. The site turned out to be lovely. I went on to nearby Leotoon, another fine site. Adding captions I used some information from a site which shows how many pieces are elsewhere (British Museum). The View map option may help you locate things.
previous pagepages 1 2 3 4 5 ALL next page
Xanthos March 2011 5153.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5153.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5154.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5154.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5158.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5158.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5159.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5159.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5128.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5128.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5129.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5129.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5131.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5131.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5132.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5132.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5133.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5133.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5134.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5134.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5135.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5135.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 Panorama 1.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 Panorama 1.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5136.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5136.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5137.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5137.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5138.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5138.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5155.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5155.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5163.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5163.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5166.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5166.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5168.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5168.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5169.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5169.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5170.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5170.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5171.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5171.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5172.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5172.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5173.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5173.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5174.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5174.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5176.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5176.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5177.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5177.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5178.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5178.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5181.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5181.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5180.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5180.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5182.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5182.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5183.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5183.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5184.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5184.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5185.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5185.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5186.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5186.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5187.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5187.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5188.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5188.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5189.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5189.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5190.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5190.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5191.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5191.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5209.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5209.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5210.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5210.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5108.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5108.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5109.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5109.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5110.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5110.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5111.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5111.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5212.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5212.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5213.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5213.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5214.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5214.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5215.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5215.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5217.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5217.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5218.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5218.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5219.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5219.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5220.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5220.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5221.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5221.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5222.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5222.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5223.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5223.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5224.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5224.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5225.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5225.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5226.jpg
Xanthos March 2011 5226.jpg
previous pagepages 1 2 3 4 5 ALL next page