Thursday, June 3, 2010

City of Side, Asia Minor

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The City of Side and the Main Landside Gate Fortifications. Founded in the seventh century BC, Side was a prospering city during the hellenistic period. It owed it's prosperity to the advantageous position, which prompted the Cilician pirates to turn it into their naval base and slave trade centre.
The city was encircled by defensive walls sometime between 225 and 188 BC. Only fragments of the land wall protecting the peninsula on the side of the mainland survive. The reconstruction of the shoreside walls is hypothetical. The later structures of the Roman and Byzantine periods, which can be viewed at the site today, were not there in the second century BC and are not shown in this reconstruction.

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