National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Nicholas K. Rauh

Affiliation: Purdue University

Nicholas Rauh is Professor of Classics at the School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University; he holds his degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill (MA and PhD).  His research interests are Rough Cilicia, Greco-Roman maritime culture, survey archaeology, and ancient transport jars.  Professor Rauh was the Project Director of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project from 1996 to 2011, and his current field project is the Bogsak Archaeological Survey; he is also involved in the Catalogue of the Amphora Collection of the Anamur Archaeological Museum.  His recent publications include A Short History of the Ancient World (with H. Kraus, 2017).  Professor Rauh is the AIA Hanfmann Lecturer for 2018/2019.


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


See Nicholas K. Rauh's work in the American Journal of Archaeology.

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