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Monolith and the Man

By nonur  
Shot just outside the wall of Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep. I like V1 but I I wanted to provide sort of behind the scene shots as well. V2 shows the larger view, V3 is the original of V2.

Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in the town of Gaziantep, Turkey, is the biggest mosaic museum on the world, containing 1700m2 of mosaics. It opened to the public on 9 September 2011.
The museum's mosaics are focused on Zeugma, thought to have been founded by a general in Alexander the Great’s army. The treasures, including the mosaics, remained relatively unknown until 2000 when artifacts appeared in museums and when plans for new dams on the Euphrates meant that much of Zeugma would be forever flooded.[1] A large number of the mosaics still remain uncovered[2] and teams of researchers continue to work on the project.[3]
The 90,000-square-foot museum features a 7,500-square-foot exhibition hall and replaces the Bardo National Museum in Tunis as the world’s largest mosaic museum.

Zeugma (Greek: ΖεύγμαWink is an ancient city of Commagene; currently located in the Gaziantep Province of Turkey. It is a historical settlement which is considered among the four most important settlement areas under the reign of the kingdom of Commagene. It was named for the bridge of boats, or zeugma, which crossed the Euphrates there.

The ancient city of Zeugma was originally founded as a Greek settlement by Seleucus I Nicator, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, in 300 BC. King Seleucus almost certainly named the city Seleucia after himself; whether this city is, or can be, the city known as Seleucia on the Euphrates or Seleucia at the Zeugma is disputed. The population in the city at its peak was approximately 80,000.
In 64 BC Zeugma was conquered and ruled by the Roman Empire and with this shift the name of the city was changed into Zeugma, meaning "bridge-passage" or "bridge of boats". During Roman rule, the city became one of the attractions in the region, due to its commercial potential originating from its geo-strategic location because the city was on the Silk Road connecting Antioch to China with a quay or pontoon bridge across the river Euphrates which was the border with the Persian Empire until the late 2nd century.
In 256, Zeugma experienced an invasion and it was fully destroyed by the Sassanid king, Shapur I. The invasion was so dramatic that Zeugma was not able to recover for a long time. To make the situation even worse, a violent earthquake buried the city beneath rubble. Indeed, the city never regained the prosperity once achieved during the Roman rule.
Zeugma and environs remained part of the Roman empire. During the 5th and 6th centuries the city was ruled by the Early Byzantium or Eastern Roman Empire. As a result of the ongoing Arab raids the city was abandoned once again. Later on, in the 10th and 12th centuries a small Abbasid residence settled in Zeugma. Finally a village called Belkis was founded in the 17th century. Thick the link, if you like to learn more: Link

I'll upload later my shots of some of the mosaics.

Tags: Shadow Black and white Saturday shadows Monolith and man Zeugma Museum

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Nov 2013 1:43AM
I am most attracted to v3-- am looking forward to more of this series-- good intro in the text!

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Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 6:31AM
Prefer the mono. Nice set. Peter.
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 7:11AM
V1 is best for me , cool image Peter well seen
2 Nov 2013 7:20AM
Wonderful nezih. I will follow the link too. Look forward to more shots. V 1 for me, made me go Wow. Best wishes my friend. PattyGrin
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
2 Nov 2013 7:24AM
Thank you for the interesting background info to these fine images. No. 1 gets the vote.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 Nov 2013 7:41AM
excellent..v1 still gets the vote Grin
Like the furtive nature of V1 today... Great observation
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Nov 2013 8:07AM
Great setSmile
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 8:08AM
There is always more history to be explored and you are widening my horizons enormously, for which I am hugely grateful.
A most enjoyable lesson in visualisation. V1 looks almost sinister whereas the original is innocuous. Beautifully seen!

P.S.: There is a figure of speech named zeugma which uses a word once where twice would be accurate, to avoid repetition and link ideas often for the sake of amusement, as in "They eloped in high spirits and an elderly Volkswagen" Smile
Great set of images, v2 is the one I like the best, nice to see the coloured version but I think the images work best in mono, in my humble opinion anyway.

ZoeKemp 5 31 England
2 Nov 2013 8:50AM
Creative set of photographs. v1 is great. v2 shows more of the creativity. V3 is great in colour Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 8:54AM
V1 for mystery. I love the way the reflections 'complete' the shapes, and the way that vertical line and the little circle bottom right anchor everything down.
2 Nov 2013 9:15AM
Fascinating write up and superb Images too.

Great work, Nezih.

2 Nov 2013 9:44AM
V3 does it for me , nice shadow shotSmile
Great idea, well captured, I like them all, I like the thought going into the shot, then capturing it is sometimes not that easy, thinking outside the box as in here has been very well done.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 10:30AM
A great set of images Nezih, I really like to read your very interesting and informative write upsSmile

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Nov 2013 11:08AM
Fantastic V1 for me . I love it Smile

2 Nov 2013 11:16AM
I like the mystique of V1 best, Nezih.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 11:19AM
I love to see how you visualise these scenes with different slants, and as Bill says giving different meaning.
Interesting narrative - wish I could remember it all.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
2 Nov 2013 11:41AM
Excellent and enigmatic, especially V1.
very well spotted and as usual well taken,you are as sharp as a razor.

2 Nov 2013 2:53PM
An excellent set Nezih. For me V1 is outstanding!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Nov 2013 3:07PM
Colour for me Nezih.
Good one.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 3:57PM
3 very interesting images and a good write up.
2 Nov 2013 4:43PM
Excellent captures about Ζεύγμα ancient Greek city and it means "bond" or "connection". V1 is great!
termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 9:03PM
I like the mono too Nezih Excellent
xwang 9 56 8
3 Nov 2013 2:40PM
Well spotted image(s).. I prefer V1. Excellent mono.
Potra 5 Venezuela
25 Nov 2013 1:10AM
V3 is a wonderful shot Nezih, so strong!

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