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Antioch the Great: An Elusive Metropolis?
March 2, 2020 @ 4:30 pm EST
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Princeton
Lecturer: Andrea DeGiorgi
Antioch on the Orontes hardly needs an introduction: in the Classical, Byzantine and Islamic sources we encounter Antioch as successively a Hellenic metropolis, virtual capital of the Roman Orient, host to a vibrant intellectual community and to the earliest Christian congregation, seat of a patriarch and of the count of the east, and hub of the Islamic frontier. For all of its fame and glory, however, the city’s topography and narrative of settlement have long remained conjectural; floods and earthquakes have taken a big tall on the ancient buildings and modern developments in Antakya, the modern capital of Hatay, bury a renown that spanned centuries. Archaeological exploration of the relatively undisturbed site of Antioch in the 1930s unfortunately produced modest results, and in the intervening years it has seemed that the project of reaching a coherent understanding of the topography and monuments of the ancient metropolis had reached an impasse. A combination of legacy and fresh archaeological data, however, makes it now possible to offer new frameworks that inform the city’s nucleation and expansion as well as the agencies that spurred the relentless transformation of Antioch’s built environment.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Brands, G. (2016) Antiochia in der Spätantike: Prolegomena zu einer archäologischen Stadtgeschichte von Antiochia am Orontes, Hans-Lietzmann-Vorlesung 14. Berlin.
De Giorgi, A. U. (2016) Ancient Antioch: from the Seleucid Era to the Islamic Conquest. Cambridge.
Downey, G. (1961) A History of Antioch in Syria: from Seleucus to the Islamic Conquest. Princeton.
Kondoleon, C. (2000a) Antioch: The Lost Ancient City. Princeton.
Levi, D. (1947) Antioch Mosaic Pavements. Princeton.
Padgett, J.M. (2001) Roman Sculpture in the Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton.
Shepardson, C. (2014) Controlling Contested Places: Late Antique Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy. Berkeley.
Sinclair, T.A. (1987-90) Eastern Turkey: An Architectural and Archaeological Survey. London.