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by ozalp

Did I mention that the road to Datca is really difficult to drive? Well, there is worse.
Bordubet is on road to Datca from Marmaris. You can see a little sign on your right, but I advice you to think twice before turn. The distance is not much but the road is curved and only suitable for 4X4 vehicles. So arriving Bordubet costs too much time and patience besides some spare parts.
We drove this path when we were returning from Datca, so we couldn't stay there. It was extremely windy, so I couldn't swim, neither. The road seemed worse when I had to drive it second time.

I recommend you to stay there at least one day if you want to visit Bordubet and if you are in a hurry, don't even think about it. The road must be driven slowly and you have to enjoy the scenery. It is not difficult, cause the road passes through a forrest.

Knidos two harbors

by Diana75

Knidos is situated at the tip of the Datca peninsula, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean Sea.

The town was partially built on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion or Cape Krio.

By building a dam across the narrow channel two harbors were created, one on the Mediterranean Sea and the other on the Aegean Sea.

Where is paradise ?

by traveloturc


The first location of Knidos was half was along the Datca peninsula.The residents moved to its present site in about 365BC.The island now is connected to the mainland and forms 2 small harbours.The harbour on the right is in Aegean Sea and the harbour on the left is in Mediterranean sea because this specific place is where 2 seas kisses eachother.Its citizens grows whealthy from commerce.The peninsula was famous fo its wine.It was also a center of culture.Two theathers and one Odeum suggest that entertainment was important to these people.
The city had the best and bigger hospital and medical school of his time.
Praxiteles(borned in Knidos) most famous statue the nude Aphrodite ( first nue statue of the history) was bought to the city after the people of Cos rejected the Nude one .( they accepted the dressed one) The statue is still hunted but 49 copies are still placed in various part of the world.The best copy is in Vatican museum.

A video about Aphrodite of Knidos

"Citizen of Knidos"

"...have no fear; for you have wrought a very beautiful work of art, such as nobody, in fact, has ever seen before among all things fashioned by men's hands: you have set up a statue of your own mistress in the sacred precinct....And do not begrudge me this honour. For it is Praxiteles that people praise when they have gazed at me..."
Alciphron, Letters of the Courtesans: Phrynê to Praxiteles

The Aphrodite of Cnidus (Knidos) by Praxiteles (c.350 BC) is the first monumental female nude in classical sculpture
I am proud to be a citizen of Knidos beside this Ctesias the persian Historian was a native of Knidos as was Sostratus the builder of Pharos at Alexandria.This lighthouse is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.Eudoxus one of great astronomers was also born in Knidos.He perhaps was the head of Plato s Academy when Aristostle join it in Plato s absence in 367BC .Eudoxus had his own school later in Cyzicus ( erdek)
He made a map of the stars and invented horizontal sun dial .
There were a number of temples in the city .Among them ones to Dionysus and Aphrodite.Games was celebrated in the honor of Apollo and Poseidon.The Agora the temple of Aphrodite,the Odeum,and 2 theathers can be visit now.

"St Paul s journey"

Knidos was the landfall in Paul s journey from Jerusalem to Rome.He had been put on an egyptian ship in Myra ( Demre) which sailed up to Knidos.Because of the head winds it took many days to reach .They Probably did not anchor because of bad wheather conditions .They went on to a fair havens in Crete where Paul advised them to winter but a breeze springing up and they look for better harbor.They had run of food before Paul saw a vision in which he was promised safe journey for all on board.After 2 weeks they were shipwrecked but all were saved and they reach the island of Malta.

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by bluebodrum


"...have no fear; for you have wrought a very beautiful work of art, such as nobody, in fact, has ever seen before among all things fashioned by men's hands: you have set up a statue of your own mistress in the sacred precinct....And do not begrudge me this honour. For it is Praxiteles that people praise when they have gazed at me..."

Alciphron, Letters of the Courtesans: Phryn? to Praxiteles

"cnidos lighthouse"

The Aphrodite of Cnidus (Knidos) by Praxiteles is the first monumental female nude in classical sculpture. Upon seeing it, the Greek Anthology (VI.160) has Aphrodite herself remark, "Where did Praxiteles see me naked?" The statue of the goddess surprised at her bath established a canon for the female nude, and inspired many derivatives and variants, the best of which is considered to be the Colonna Knidia pictured above, which is in the Vatican's Pio-Clementine Museum. Of it, Pliny says "...and yet superior to anything not merely by Praxiteles, but in the whole world, is the Venus." This Roman copy is not thought to match the polished beauty of the original, however, which was destroyed in a disastrous fire at Constantinople in AD 475.

In the Amores (13-14), attributed to Lucian but likely a later imitation, the Knidia is described. (The original shrine at Cnidus, which is on a narrow peninsula on the southern coast of Turkey, has been copied at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli.)

"...we entered the temple. In the midst thereof sits the goddess--she's a most beautiful statue of Parian marble--arrogantly smiling a little as a grin parts her lips. Draped by no garment, all her beauty is uncovered and revealed, except in so far as she unobtrusively uses one hand to hide her private parts. So great was the power of the craftsman's art that the hard unyielding marble did justice to every limb....The temple had a door on both sides for the benefit of those also who wish to have a good view of the goddess from behind, so that no part of her be left unadmired. It's easy therefor for people to enter by the other door and survey the beauty of her back. And so we decided to see all of the goddess and went round to the back of the precinct. Then, when the door had been opened by the woman responsible for keeping the keys, we were filled with an immediate wonder for the beauty we beheld."

This passage is the first instance in which the placement of the hand is mentioned, although which one is not specified. In that gesture, which had not appeared in Greek art before, the divine authority of the goddess is both hidden and revealed, the hand that decorously covers her modesty (aidôs) also drawing the viewer's attention to it, to the mystery of her power over those who worship her. (The representation of the pubes is equally modest, with none of the explicitness of the male, an aesthetic that was adhered to in later copies and variations.)

In the Imagines (6), Lucian comments on the head alone. Imagining the perfect woman, constructed from the most beautiful parts of other statues, it is the head of the Knidia that he would use, keeping the area around the hair and forehead; the line of the eyebrows; as well as the eyes "that gaze so liquid, and at the same time so clear and winsome." Even the age of this ideal woman, says the poet, should be the same as that of Praxiteles' statue. (As to wisdom and understanding, Lucian goes on to say that those qualities, as well as experience in affairs, acumen in politics, and quickness of wit, should be represented by Aspasia.)

It is the Capitoline Venus, however, where both the breasts and pubis are self-consciously covered, that is the archetype of so many representations of the female nude that follow, including Masaccio's "The Expulsion" and Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." This is the pose of the Venus Pudica or "modest Venus," in which the arms envelope a body that is both sensuous and distant.

Athenaeus says that Praxiteles offered Phrynê her choice of his statues, to see whether she would take the Eros or the Satyr. She choose the Eros and offered it as a votive gift to Thespiae in Boeotia, where she was born. As a result, the city became famous, the "city othewise not worth seeing," says Strabo (IX.2.25). In his Description of Greece (I.20.1-2), Pausanias tells how she came to make her choice:

"Phryne once asked of him the most beautiful of his works, and the story goes that lover-like he agreed to give it, but refused to say which he thought the most beautiful. So a slave of Phryne rushed in saying that a fire had broken out in the studio of Praxiteles, and the greater number of his works were lost, thought not all were destroyed. Praxiteles at once started to rush through the door cyring that his labour was all wasted if indeed the flames had caught his Satyr and his Love. But Phryne bade him stay and be of good courage, for he had suffered no grievous loss, but had been trapped into confessing which were the most beautiful of his works. So Phryne chose the statue of Love..."

Pausanias (IX.27.3-4) also relates that the Eros was ordered to Rome by Caligula when he became emperor and that Claudius had it returned to the Thespians, only to have Nero take it to Rome a second time, where it was destroyed in a fire. (Indeed, Lucian's companion on the voyage to Cnidus would have preferred to visit the Eros.)


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