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July 15, 2003

Cloud City

The remains of Sagalassos were largely passed over by science as attention was drawn to Ephesos and Pergamon. But Sagalassos was as famous in the world world of the nineteenth-century as it was in the ancient one:

In 1706, Paul Lucas, traveling in southwest Turkey on a mission for the court of Louis XIV, came upon the mountaintop ruins of Sagalassos. The first Westerner to see the site, Lucas wrote that he seemed to be confronted with remains of several cities inhabited by fairies. Later, during the mid-nineteenth century, William Hamilton described it as the best preserved ancient city he had ever seen.

An Archaeology Interactive Dig features recent work at the site.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 15, 2003 10:39 AM

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Posted by: Ed Flinn at July 15, 2003 03:07 PM

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