Cityscapes and Monuments of Western Asia Minor: Memories and Identities [Hardback]

Eva Mortensen (Editor); Birte Poulson (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785708367 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 304p, H280 x W220 (mm) b/w and colour

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Cityscapes and Monuments of Western Asia Minor


Cityscapes consist of houses, streets, civic buildings, sanctuaries, tombs, monuments and inscriptions created by multiple generations of citizens and foreigners with an interest in the city; they are interpreted and reinterpreted as expressions of past lives, changing relations of power, memories and various identities.

The present volume publishes 25 contributions written by scholars specializing in the history and archaeology of western Asia Minor. New and well-known material – literary, epigraphical, numismatic, and archaeological – is presented and analyzed through the twin lenses of memory and identity.

The contributions cover more than 1000 years of cultural diversity during changing political systems, from the Lydian and Persian hegemony in the Archaic period through Athenian supremacy and Persian satrapal rule in the Classical period, then autocratic kingship in Hellenistic times until, finally, more than half a millennium of Roman rule. Identities are voiced through several media and visible at many levels of the ancient societies. So are the places of memory – the Lieux de Mémoire – and the studies presented here provide new insights into how human beings chose, deliberately or subconsciously, to commemorate their past and their ancestors, and how identity was displayed and expressed under shifting political rule.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Eva Mortensen and Birte Poulsen
Martina Seifert
Constructing Memories: Gateways between Identity and Socio-Political Pluralism in Ancient Western Asia Minor
Cityscapes of Remembrance
Eva-Maria Mohr and Klaus Rheidt
Cityscape and Places of Memory in Assos
Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan
Nothing to Remember? Redesigning the Ancient City of Assos in the Byzantine Era
Anthony Shannon
Glory be to (Insert Name Here): Civic Memory, Political Discourse, and Municipal Ruler Cult in Hellenistic Teos
Orhan Bingöl
Das Stadtbild von Magnesia am Mäander nach den 30-jährigen Ausgrabungen (Kurzfassung)
Eva Mortensen
Narratives and Shared Memories of Heroes in the Aphrodisian Cityscape
Jacques des Courtils
The City of Xanthus: “Lieu de mémoire” of the Lycians
Kai Töpfer
Expressing Civic Self-Perception and Constructing Identity – Public Imagery in Roman Asia Minor
Recollections of the Past in Public Civic Monuments
Ulrich Mania
Gymnasia: From a Space to an Institution of Remembrance
Günther Schörner
Representing and Remembering Rituals in Public Space: Depictions of Sacrifice in Roman Asia Minor
Ute Lohner-Urban
Aspects of Public Memory at the East Gate of Side
Representations of Memories and Identities in the Private Sphere
Elisabeth Rathmayr
Identity in the Private Sphere: Interpreting Houses as Loci Reflecting the Identity of Their Inhabitants
Christoph Baier
A P(a)lace of Remembrance? Reflections on the Historical Depth of a Monumental Domus in Ephesos
Narratives of Remembrance in a Religious Context
Ergün Lafli
Die Sitzstatue eines Dichters aus Klaros
Helene Blinkenberg Hastrup
Ephesus and the Amazons: Remembering or Recreating the Early History of a Greek Polis in the 5th Century BC
Monica Livadiotti and Giorgio Rocco
Building the Route Over Time: Memory of a Processional Road in Kos
Luigi Caliò
Building Memory on the Route: for a Visual Reconstruction of Festive Processions in Kos
Mustafa Şahin
Der Apollo Archegetes Heiligtum auf der Asar Insel bei Myndos
Katy Opitz
Two Cities – One Goddess? The Transfer of Ancient Cities in the Hellenistic Period and the Reinterpretation of Older Cults: The Example of Heracleia under Latmus
Commemoration of the Dead
Benedikt Grammer
Material Culture as Marker of Ethnicity? The Burial Mounds of Kolophon and the Question of “Lydian”, “Greek”, and “Ionian” Identity
Martin Steskal
Defying Death in Ephesus: Strategies of Commemoration in a Roman Metropolis
Poul Pedersen
The Totenmahl Tradition in Classical Western Asia Minor and the Maussolleion at Halikarnassos
Ilaria Romeo
A Distant Memory: New Seleucid Portraits in Roman Hierapolis
Laurence Cavalier
Memorials to the Lycian Dead
Veronika Scheibelreiter-Gail
MNHMA. Commemorative Inscriptions – Mirrors of Common Identity: The Epigraphic Habit in Ancient and Modern Funerary Spaces Compared

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