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CALL.01.01.2017: Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (8t




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Blue Hall of DESEM in the Chancellery Building of Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi (Izmir, Turkey)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Professor Ergün Laflı (DEU, Izmir), Dr Sami Patacı (University of Ardahan), Dr Gülseren Kan Şahin (University of Sinop).

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The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of research concerning Lydia between c. 8th century B.C. and 6th century A.D. Intended to bring together scholars of archaeology, history, historical geography, epigraphy and other related disciplines in ancient Anatolian studies to discuss a range of issues concerning this region’s archaeology and history, this symposium should be an excellent opportunity to increase our knowledge about this region.

The following theme groups are the main questions of the symposium which are prescriptive:

- Archaeological field projects and museum studies in Lydia

- Lydia during the Iron Age,

-Lydia in ancient mythology,

- Lydia during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods,

- Lydia and Lydians in ancient authors, eg. Homer, Herodotus, Strabo, Hippolytus of Rome and Hierocles,

- Ethno-cultural landscape of ancient Lydia and ethnoarchaeology

-Lydian language, script and epigraphy

- First coinage in Lydia: Reasons, circulations, dynamics and mechanisms

-Tumuli in Lydia and their archaeology,

-The Royal Road,

- Relationships between Lydia and Ionia, the Achaemenid Empire as well as other neighbouring regions

- Historical geography and settlement patterns in Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman-Early Byzantine Lydia,

- Epigraphy and numismatic in Lydia during the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods,

- Roads, routes and population in Lydia,

- Lydia as a part of the Roman province Asia and the “seven churches of Apocalypse”,

- Forms of Christian presence in Roman and Early Byzantine Lydia,

- Jews and Jewish heritage in Roman and Early Byzantine Lydia,

- The province Lydia under the tetrarchy reform of Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 296,

- Episcopal sees of the Late Roman province of Lydia,

- Population and settlement boom in the “Justinianic” era,

- Miscellanea.

On these themes and questions, all approaches and methods susceptible to bring some progress to our current knowledge are of course welcome: archaeology, ancient history, historical geography, epigraphy, numismatic, history of art, cultural anthropology etc.

English is the official language of the symposium. A local archaeological journal is planned as a special issue containing the symposium’s abstracts which will also be made available on the website. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in 2017. For the participants who cannot travel to Izmir, we will arrange a video-conference facility through Skype. (More details of the travel arrangement in the PDF of the call. See "Info")

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2017. Our e-mail address is: For all your queries concerning the symposium our phone number is: +90.544.938 54 64. The organizers seek to widen participation at this symposium, and would like to encourage colleagues from all parts of the world to attend. The symposium committee kindly requests that you alert any persons within your research community who would be interested in participating at this symposium, either by forwarding our e-mail, or by printing this circular and displaying it in your institution. We hope that you will be able to join us at the Dokuz Eylül University, and look forward to seeing you in Izmir!

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