Photographs from a car window
When the first rosy fingers of light appeared in the morning, young Telemachus lost no time in putting on his boots for the journey to town.
- Homer. The Odyssey, Book XVII,
|View to the North. Peristyle and ambulatory along the outer edge of the Philosophers Study. The North entry can be seen just to the left of the broken column.|
|View to the south east. The peristyle here is totally destroyed, but a view of the central chamber is more evieent.|
|From the West entry. Ambulatory and bridge to central space. Note how the alignment of bridge and entry and not associated, but rotated, as if each shell of the plan design rotates independently around a shared center.|
|Plan image. From Gutenberg.|
|A Crocodile guards the space. These are concrete castings, with the 1st C. AD ironwork now exposed. His beasts were modeled after those found in Egyptian palaces along the Nile.|
|View through the colonnade towards the alter. Ares, and other statues guard the entry. Caryatid, figural Muses, line the right side of the image.|
|View to the North from the alter. This space is built to be a combination of Grotto and the domes used for the Hippodrome on this site (and similar to the Baths of Caracalla in Rome).|
|Restored brick arches. |
In the foreground, the arch is very shallow, with an approximately 1:12 arch and a full soldier course above to support the weight.
|Original wall section with pumice and mortar at the center and brick face.|
The wall is nearly 1m thick and has 5 visible layers across the depth.
|Detail of lichens on a brick column base|
|Second detail of the column base. Visible use of brick as both a structural and decorative element.|
|Three visible materials in a wall. The restored wall is to the top and left of the image and includes a completion marker.|
Original brick, in a deteriorated state, can be seen in the lower right.