Lots of people complain that Bodrum has changed too much in the last 30 years; it has gone from a small fishing village to a busy international holiday resort, but if we take a very long view, Bodrum is actually just finding its way back to the glories of its past. There is evidence of Mycenaean life in Bodrum which takes us to at least 1400BC and it appears that the site was continuously occupied for the next 3,400 years. We know that it was an important city in the 5th century BC when it was home to Artemisia 1 and historian Herodotus, but it really took off in the 4th century BC when Satrap Mausolos made it his capital city. In this century monuments were constructed that were so massive that they could be seen from the island of Kos; Bodrum and bling have obviously had a very long association.
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As I walk the dog through the streets of Bodrum, I do so with an awareness of the layers of history under my feet. It is one of the reasons I love living here. Yesterday, in the Karia Princess Hotel, Prof. Poul Pedersen showed a fascinating slide of present day Bodrum Streets (left) and the hypothetical street plan in the 4th century BC (right), showing that today's street plan follows Mausolos' city design. It's exciting to think that we are still treading in the footsteps of those who lived over two millennia ago. My own address is telling. I live on Mars Mabedi Caddesi - Temple of Mars Street. I didn't choose the house because of the address, but as a lapsed archaeologist, I never tire of writing it down.
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