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Searching for Pirates: the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project

October 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm EDT

Hanson Hall of Science 102, Augustana College
726 35th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201 United States

Lecturer: Nicholas K. Rauh

Few phenomena of the Hellenistic Mediterranean world enjoyed as much notoriety, yet exhibit as little clarity for modern observers as the Cilician pirates, who flourished in the eastern Mediterranean between 139 and 67 BC.  For more than 70 years, the pirates waged economic war with neighboring Hellenistic realms and most particularly with the forces of the Roman Republic and its far-flung provincial empire.  To assess the material remains of these “pirates,” Professor Rauh conducted the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project, a systematic surface survey of some 60-km. coastal strip of western Rough Cilicia. Professor Rauh will present the results of 13 seasons of field work as well as the emerging evidence for pirate enclaves in the region.

Rauh’s “Piracy” Publications:

N. K. Rauh, M.J. Dillon, R.M. Rothaus, Anchors, Amphoras, and Ashlar Masonry: new evidence for the Cilician pirates, in M. Hoff and R. Townsend eds., Rough Cilicia: New Historical and Archaeological Approaches, Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2013, 59-86

N. K. Rauh, R. F. Townsend, M. C. Hoff, M. J. Dillon, M. W. Doyle, C. A. Ward, R. M. Rothaus, H. Caner, Ü. Akkemik, L. Wandsnider, F. Sancar Ozaner, C. D. Dore, Life in the Truck Lane: Urban Development in Western Rough Cilicia, JOAI (Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes in Wien) 78: 253-312

N. K. Rauh, Merchants, Sailors, and Pirates in the Roman World. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus Press, 2003

N. K. Rauh, R. F. Townsend, M. Hoff, L. Wandsnider, “Pirates in the bay of Pamphylia: an archaeological inquiry,” in Oliver, G. J., Brock, R., Cornell, T. J., and Hodkinson, S., (eds.) The Sea in Antiquity, British Archaeological Reports International Series 899. (Oxford, 2000), pp. 151-180

N. K. Rauh, “Who Were the Cilician Pirates?” in Res Maritimae:  Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean from Prehistory to Late Antiquity.  Edited by Stuart Swiny, R.L. Hohlfelder, and H.W. Swiny. American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports No. 4.  Atlanta, Ga.:  Scholars Press, 1997.  pp. 263-283

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October 16, 2018
7:30 pm EDT
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Hanson Hall of Science 102, Augustana College
726 35th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201 United States
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