This week’s topic is ‘Strange’. The above is a stone in a road in Ephesus, leading right up from where the port used to be to the centre of the town.
Archaeologists think this was some sort of signpost, telling seafarers the way to the next tavern/brothel/whatever.
People back then probably knew what these signs meant, but to me, they just look strange.
Here’s another one, from Didím, in front of the Apollo temple.
Here’s what we were told: the Apollo temple at Didymaion was very important. Everybody who needed advice went there. People sometimes had to wait for days for a reply. In case there were more people seeking advice than the priests could handle in one day, people had to draw straws. The winners then told their concerns to the first group of priests who carved it into stone tablets and brought those to the second group of priests. These priests chewed laurel leaves all day and inhaled toxic gases from the various wells within the temple complex until they were in trance (this gives a whole new meaning to the term “high priest”). They then mumbled some reply which was interpreted by a third group of priests who announced the results to the questioners. The questioners had whiled away the time by playing board games which are carved into the floor stones at the temple entrance which you can see below.
This week’s topic is Piscator, otherwise known as fisherman. It didn’t occur to me that Archie would choose a Latin word, so I had to look it up.
Thankfully, I actually have photos of fishermen in my album. The above were taken in a small village called Ayvalik, on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. There wasn’t only fish to be had, but sea urchins, too.
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