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House of Dionysos, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Pella Archaeological site. Peristyle of Ionic columns of the "House of Dionysos" (see next page).
18 pages of photos
and information about
Pella Archaeological Site
and Museum.
Gallery contents   photos and articles:
© David John
Pella Archaeological site pages 1 - 4
House of Dionysos, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

House of Dionysos
Pebble floor mosaic, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

pebble floor mosaic
Stag Hunt mosaic, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Stag Hunt mosaic
Abduction of Helen mosaic, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Abduction of Helen
Pella Archaeological Museum pages 5 - 16
Head of Alexander the Great, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Alexander the Great
Statuettes of deities, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

statuettes of deities
Statuettes of the Aphrodite, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Aphrodite statuettes
Ancient Madedonian funeral stele, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

funeral stele
 
Mosaic of Dionysos ridng a panther, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Dionysos mosaic
The Lion Hunt mosaic, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Lion Hunt mosaic
Marble statue of a horse rider, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

rider statue
 
Art from Pella in other museums pages 17 - 18
Hephaistion relief from Pella in Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum at My Favourite Planet

Hephaistion relief


Thessaloniki
Relief of a soldier from Pella in Istanbul Archaeological Museum at My Favourite Planet

Pella stele


Istanbul
   
 
Golden myrtle wreath from a Hellenistic tomb in Central Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Golden myrtle wreath from a tomb in Central Macedonia, 340-330 BC.

Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum
Evidence of the fabulous wealth generated (and plundered) during Macedonian political and military successes under Philip II and his son Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC has been discovered by archaelogists in the tombs of the aristocracy in several places in Macedonia, Thrace and throughout Alexander's empire. The richest and most famous of these tombs is the Royal Necropolis at Vergina, until around 400 BC the Macedonian captial of Aigai (Αιγαί). As at Aigai, the tombs of ancient Macedonian and Thracian rulers and heroes were built beneath enormous mounds of earth, many of which can still be seen today around the countryside of northern Greece and Bulgaria.

Finely-worked golden wreaths were worn by aristocrats during their symposia (drinking parties), and often buried with their owners or placed in their tombs as funeral offerings. The wreath in the photo above includes gold myrtle leaves and filigreed and enamelled flowers. It is thought that its owner may have accompanied Alexander on his campaigns. The wreath was returned to Greece by the Paul Getty Museum in March 2007, following negotiations facilitated by the Italian government, and is now in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum.
 
Filigreed and enamelled flowers of the Hellenistic wreath, Thessalonika Archaeological Museum, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The wreath's filigreed
and enamelled flowers.
 

The full moon rising behind the Ionic columns of the House of Dionysos, Pella, Macedonia, Greece

The moon rises red behind the columns of the peristyle of the "House of Dionysos"
during the Full Moon Concert at the Pella archaeological site, 21 August 2013.

See Full moon in Pella, the photo essay about the concert
at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
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