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Spring in Pergamon

Spring in Pergamon
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 2 N: 140] (672)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-09
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF-S 18-55
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 9:37
Viewed: 1876
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Among the ruins of the fabulous antique city of Pergamon, spring has come, with flowers, insects and herptiles… Archaeological sites are also interesting natural reserves. A mixture of Nature and History was our program for that memorable day.

Pergamon, Pergamum or Pérgamo (in Greek, Πέργαμος or Πέργαμον) was an ancient Greek city in modern-day Turkey, in Mysia, today located 16 miles (26 km) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus (modern day Bakırçay), that became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. Today, the main sites of ancient Pergamon are to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama.
Pergamon was a small settlement during the Archaic Period. Lysimachos, one of the generals of Alexander the Great and who had become the sovereign of Anatolia after 301 B.C., delivered the war expenditures, at the amount of 9000 talents (1 talent is believed to be US$ 7,500 approx.), to Philetarios who was the commander of Pergamon, and the kingdom founded by Philetarios by using this sum of money following Lysimachos's death, flourished and became the most eminent center of culture of the Hellenistic period for 150 years. Eumenes I, Attalos I and Eumenes II were enthroned successively after Philetarios. Eumenes II took acropolis of Athens as an example and had the acropolis of Pergamon adorned with works of art which reflected fine taste, and Pergamon became one of the most graceful cities of the world. Attalos III who succeeded Attalos II, handed over his land to the Romans when he died in 133 B.C.

The Temple of Trajan has been partially restored. Emperor Trajan (53-117) started it but after his death Emperor Hadrian (117-138) finished the temple in Corinthian order and it was placed upon a terrace with dimensions of 68 m × 58 m (223.10 ft × 190.29 ft). Attempts have been continuing by the German archaeologists since 1976 to erect this temple which has 6 x 9 columns and a peripteros plan (one row of columns around the temple). It is completely marble.
In the same time, Turkish government is trying to get back from Germany the famous Altar of Zeus of Pergamon. This temple erected by Eumenes II (197-159 BC) was taken away from Pergamon in 1871 and carried to Germany by the German engineer Carl Humann. It is exhibited today at the Museum of Pergamum in Berlin.

More info on Wikipedia/Bergama and Wikipedia/Pergamon Altar.

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I like the immense mood you have captured in this historical-cum-seaside landscape shot, Catherine!

The pillar standing tall against the blue sea and open sky, add great charm and dynamism into the shot. The sharpness and POV are well done, keeping the subject well centered and the boulders lying in the FG also contribute to the beauty of the shot. Well seen and nicely captured!

Best greetings,

Bonjour Catherine,

Quelle immensité de vieilles pierres mêlées à une flore incroyable.
Une capture d'une grande beauté avec une note historique excellente.
Séduisante luminosité et les personnages n'entachent pas du tout cette superbe image bien cadrée.
Mes compliments et merci pour le partage de cette découverte.
Amitiés. Yolande

Hi my dear Catherine,
we had holidays at the same time. At the 9th of April you were in Pergamon, I were in Bangkok ;-)
Your shot is wonderful, I love the view, seeing these impressive old monuments and the valley behind. Also pretty warm light. Thanks, you bring back nice memories in me to this place with that shot.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Catherine,

Your photograph relays the immense interest that this site excited in you.
It is really well composed, following the rule of thirds, with lots of f/g interest from the fallen masonery, leading towards the upright columns of the temple. Your F stop was a good choice, keeping details sharp from front to back.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

An imposing site well composed and captured.
I like the low POV with the fallen masonary in the foreground.
A very nice shot.

Hi Catherine,
A beautiful POV of this historical site with nice seascape in the BG,the details has a beautiful depth in this beautiful composition,beautiful lighting condition with good sharp details and vivid colors,the warm colors of stones vs cool colors of grass is a lovely composition in this historical show.
Best Wishes

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2010-05-19 21:05]

Hello Catherine,
very lovely landscape. i like the way ypu include the foreground of small flowers and rocks. it gives a good abandoned view of this historical place.
Well composed in good sharpness and clarity of the stonework.
The soft sky is also pleasant to look at.
Nice composition.


Woww... as if i am remembering this view from anywhere:)
Just incredible MF! I've also uploaded some shots from Pergamon here! But this one is more beter than those of mine:)
TFS and have a nice day!


beautiful pov, nice compo

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