Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre

Department Archive
Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 03/3630.4126
Level Item
Description Glass lantern slide, standard 3.25 x 3.25 inch square. Image cropped slightly from negative.
Dimensions 8 x 8 cm
Place Cyzicus
Dates 1902
Donor/Creator Hasluck, Dr Frederick William
Henderson, Mr Arthur Edward FSA
Project Cyzicus, Mysia and Bithynia
Scope and Content Part of a series of images from the survey 1902-1906 carried out by F.W. Hasluck at Cyzicus and surrounding territory in Anatolia, under the auspices of the British School at Athens. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cyzicus: The fortifications. N. Wall, gate near amphitheatre".
Notes Date based on Hasluck's assistance to A.E. Henderson in the survey of Cyzicus, mentioned in his 1910 monograph (Cyzicus: Being Some Account of the History and Antiquities of that City, Cambridge: CUP). Although F.W. Hasluck and A.E. Henderson were both listed as donors in the SPHS Negative register, the photograph was most likely taken by A.E. Henderson. The image was used for the 1936 Exhibition of Minoan Civilization and the first 50 years work of the BSA at Burlington House in London.
Further information The ancient town of Cyzicus was probably a Pelasgian foundation, but soon acquired considerable commercial significance and cut a particularly valuable staple coinage, the gold stater. It is located on the Propontis in the area of ancient Mysia, a region on the south coast of the Marmara sea northwest of Asia Minor. Pergamon and Cyzicus were the most important trade-centres in Mysia.

The naval battle of Cyzicus was of key importance for the outcome of the Peloponnesian war while under Roman emperor Tiberius the city witnessed prosperity and wealth. The city was captured temporarily by the Arabs in 675 and, after a series of disastrous earthquakes, it began, as early as the 11th century, to be gradually deserted. Principal ruins in the nearby marsh land of Balkiz Serai are those of the fourth-century walls, an Andrian temple, a Roman aqueduct and a theatre.
Related records [BSA SPHS 01/1651.4126], Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre with the figure of F.W. Hasluck in gateway for scale., 1902
[BSA SPHS 02/1/3700.4126], Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre, 1902
Reference 1904. Records of the past. III: 354 (bottom).
1904 JHS 24: Catalogue of Slides. lxxxviii.SPHS 4126. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 17.SPHS 4126. Link to article
1936 Exhibition Catalogue. 75.No. 335d.