Nearer view of the Cyzicus amphitheatre masonry
|Collection||SPHS BSA Image Collection|
|Reference No.||BSA SPHS 02/1/3701.4149|
|Description||Small print photograph pasted onto an index card, originally part of the SPHS image library catalogue. Written on the card: "Cyzicus, the amphitheatre". Large label with a red "S" on the card denoting that a slide was made of this image.|
|Dimensions||16.5 x 11 cm (index card)|
Hasluck, Dr Frederick William
Henderson, Mr Arthur Edward FSA
|Collection event||Cyzicus Survey 1902-1906|
|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 Amphiteatre nearer view of masonry".|
|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.|
|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.
[BSA SPHS 01/1670.4149], Nearer view of the Cyzicus amphitheatre masonry, 1902
1904 JHS 24: Catalogue of Slides. lxxxviii.SPHS 4149. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 17.SPHS 4149. Link to article