Archaeology Museum Antakya

I just read the guide book of the museum in my den.

I just read the guide book of the museum in my den.

History of Antakya

History of Antakya

The Hatay Archaeology Museum is known for its extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine Era mosaics. Construction of the museum started in 1934, was completed in 1938. The museum was opened to the public in 1948 and re-opened in 1975 following renovation and expansion.

Hatay Archaeology Museum

Hatay Archaeology Museum

Roman Tomb “Sidomaran Type”

Roman Tomb “Sidomaran Type”

The tomb was excavated in the village of Sidomaran (now Ambarli Village).

The exhibition room and its floor of the museum.

The exhibition room and its floor of the museum.

Mosaics of the Museum; Summer / Personification of Soteria / Mosaics of Ananeosis / Iphigleneia in Aulis

Mosaics of the Museum; Summer / Personification of Soteria / Mosaics of Ananeosis / Iphigleneia in Aulis

The mosaic of Summer is one of the four seasons’ mosaics. In Greek mythology, Soteria is the goddess of safety and salvation, deliverance, and preservation from harm. Ananeosis (Awakening) is personified as a young woman. Iphigleneia in Aulis is the daughter of Agamemnon in Greek tragedy.

The Buffet Mosaic / Narcissus and Echo and Floral pattern / Oceanus and Thetis / Heracles Strangling Serpents

The Buffet Mosaic / Narcissus and Echo and Floral pattern / Oceanus and Thetis / Heracles Strangling Serpents

Buffet Mosaic (3rd cent. AD); various kind of food and Ganymedes who was the son of Tros of Dardania in Greek mythology. Narcissus and Echo (3rd cent. AD); Echo is standing on a rock and gazing at Narcissus, who seated on a rock with a lance. Oceanus and Thetis (4th cent. AD); Oceanus is the divine personification of the sea. Thetis is a daughter of Uranus and Gaia and wife of Oceanus. Heracles Strangling Serpents (2nd cent. AD); Heracles is strangling the snakes as they writhe and twist round arm.

The next exhibition room of the museum.

The next exhibition room of the museum.

The mosaics on the floor are splendid.

The mosaics on the floor are splendid.

Thalassa / The Evil Eye / The Drunken Dionysus

Thalassa / The Evil Eye / The Drunken Dionysus

Thalassa (5th cent. A.D) was the primeval spirit of the sea in Greek mythology. The Evil Eye (2nd cent. A.D) depicted as a huge eye being attacked by several animals. This man is horned and is carrying forked spits. Drunken Dionysus (4th cent. A.D) is the same as me.

Orpheus and Beasts, and Ganymedes

Orpheus and Beasts, and Ganymedes

Orpheus and Beasts (3rd cent. A.D); Orpheus is sitting on a rock playing his lyre. His melodies entranced the wild animals. Ganymedes; Zeus is shown carrying off the beautiful Ganymedes.

Unique carvings, Zeus and column bases

Unique carvings, Zeus and column bases

Went out of the exhibition room of the museum.

Courtyard of the museum and the mosaic of "Eros and Psyche" that is on the outer walls of the museum.

Courtyard of the museum and the mosaic of “Eros and Psyche” that is on the outer walls of the museum.

Eros and Psyche (3rd cent. A.D.); Eros is asleep under a tree on which he has hung his quiver. Psyche, with a bow in her hand is stealing towards her friend and reaching for his quiver.

Many excavated articles were displayed in the courtyard of the museum.

Many excavated articles were displayed in the courtyard of the museum.

The museum is really great. I should have looked at this museum longer.

The museum is really great. I should have looked at this museum longer.

After this museum, I went to the rock-carved Church of St Peter.

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