Sunday, May 14, 2017

Skopje: ancient Roman ruins of Skupi

According to the welcome sign at the archeological site of the ancient town of Skupi:

"The Roman town of Skupi stands out as one of the larger and greater cities in the age of the antiquity in the Balkans. The inception of its urban life may be traced back to the beginning of the 1st century AD during the reign of Domitian (81-96 AD). The city was granted with the highest status of a self-governing military colony. Later, during the 4th century it became a metropolis of the province of Darndania. The decline of urban life in Skupi began soon after the catastrophic earthquake of 518 AD."

a graveyard was discovered - with gravestones preserved by being buried under a later mound - "this level of preservation of monuments is unparalleled in the Roman world"

according to my guide book - this is the only statue excavated that is complete. This Venus Pudica is believed to be from the 3rd century and associated with the bath house

the basilica

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