Most of us have "tons of" pieces of rocks, stones and fragments of ancient buildings lying around in drawers, on shelves, in plastic bags, etcetera...
Every once in a while you bring it out, look at it while you take a stroll down memory lane, and you always end up with putting it back.
HistoLEGO is a way to save some of your most precious gems from oblivion. The idea is to create a kind of frame (using LEGO® bricks) for e.g. a piece of a brick, column, or stucco which you have found during your visit to an ancient settlement.
My first attempt in this self invented category is from Perge in Turkey.
Perge April 2008
Perge was founded after the Trojan War by colonists from Argos under the leadership of heroes named Mopsos and Calchas. Inscriptions dating to 120-121 A.D., in the courtyard of Perge's Hellenistic city gate, provide further testimony to this colonization; inscriptions on statue bases mention the names of seven heroes-Mopsos, Calchas, Riksos, Labos, Machaon, Leonteus, and Minyasas, the legendary founders of the city.
There is no further record of Perge in written sources until the middle of the fourth century. There can be no doubt, however, that Perge was also under Persian rule until the arrival of Alexander the Great.
In 333 B.C. Perge surrendered to Alexander without resistance. Its submissive behaviour can be explained by, besides its favourable policy, the fact that at this period the city was not yet surrounded by protective walls.
Perge became totally independent when the kingdom of Pergamum was turned over to Rome in about 133 B.C.
In 46 A.D., Perge became the setting of an event important to the Christian world. The New Testament book, the Acts of the Apostles, writes that St. Paul journeyed from Cyprus to Perge, from there continued on to Antiocheia in Pisidia, then returned to Perge where he delivered a sermon. Then he left the city and went to Attaleia.
From the beginning of the Imperial era, work projects were carried out in Perge, and in the second and third centuries A.D., the city grew into one of the most beautiful, not just in Pamphylia, but in all of Anatolia.
In the first half of the fourth century, during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337), Perge became an important centre of Christianity once this faith had became official religion of the Roman Empire. The city retained its status as a Christian centre in the fifth and sixth centuries. Due to frequent rebellions and raids, the citizens retreated inside the city walls, able to defend themselves only from within the acropolis. Perge lost its remaining power in the wake of the mid-seventh century Arab raids. At this time some residents of the city migrated to Antalya.
Perge, transformed by artisans into a city of marble, was truly magnificent, with a faultless layout that would have been the envy of modern city planners. In order to fully appreciate its grandeur today, one must visit the Antalya Museum to see the hundreds of sculptures from Perge now housed there.
Among the famous men raised in this city can be cited the physician Asklepiades, the sophist Varus, and the mathematician Apollonios.
Perge has been under excavation by Turkish archaeologists since 1946.
Below you see a gem from my collection of fragments of buildings from ancient settlements mounted in a proper frame...