A few years back I did a few posts on great museums that aren't as well known as they should be (like the Hunterian in Glasgow). Now I have another to add.
The truth is that I have been having a "holiday" on a boat off the south coast of Turkey, but also visiting some of the antiquities. We started from Antalya and ended up in Göcek -- and on the morning before we embarked, we decided to give the Antalya Museum a quick work over.
If you are ever there, don't miss it.
The sheer quantity of rather good Roman sculpture (not especially brilliant, but good nonetheless) tells you quite a lot about the whole "image-world" of the Eastern provinces. There are just scores of Roman emperors and other greatest hits of ancient sculpture (including - on the left - a "Farnese" Hercules-type -- recently reunited with its upper part that had ended up in Boston).
But what struck me (though I honestly should have known about it before) was the sculpture from the cenotaph of young Gaius Caesar, Augustus' would-be heir, who died in Lycia (S Turkey) in 4 AD, after being wounded in Armenia.
This was really, really top-notch.