Abstract: The City of Sardis

Lecturer: Nicholas Cahill

This lecture will present the results of current research at Sardis in western Turkey, the capital city of the Lydians and of their last king, Croesus. Recent excavation has dramatically changed our ideas about the Lydian city, with the discovery of the monumental city wall, terraces that regularized and organized the rugged natural topography, very probably used as a palatial quarter; houses burned by the Persian sack of the city in 547 BC. It will consider the later history of the city, including the temple of Artemis, the Hellenistic theater, and a temple of the Roman imperial cult.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

G.M.A. Hanfmann, Sardis from Prehistoric to Roman Times (1983)

C.H. Greenewalt et al., The City of Sardis (2003)

Cahill, ed. The Lydians and Their World (Yapı Kredi Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010)

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