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The Lydians and their Neighbors (Ethnolinguistic Identities and Cultural Contact in Anatolia around

The aim of the workshop is to take another look at what constitutes the most inherent and defining features of the Lydian people and the Lydian culture – from material culture to religious beliefs and to language and social organization. Chronologically, the discussion will naturally focus on the period before the onset of the extensive Hellenization of Lydia, i.e. on the so-called ‘Lydian’ (ca. 700-540 BC) and ‘Persian’ (ca. 540 BC-330 BC) periods, but later evidence will also be taken into account. Geographically, it will cover not only Lydia proper, but also areas further east (Phrygia) and south-east (Phrygian-Pisidian borderlands). The chosen perspective – the Lydians and their neighbors – underlines the comparative and contrastive approach: to define the Lydians one has to know what the non-Lydians are and, on the other hand, to make a distinction between general areal – as ‘Anatolian’ or ‘Aegean’ – and specifically Lydian features. The discussion will further touch upon the questions of cultural contact and cultural blending, which was a remarkable phenomenon in Anatolia even before the Hellenistic period.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13/12/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University (Washington, DC, USA)


INFO: LiveStream



10.00-10.15: Introduction (Rostislav Oreshko)

10.15-10.55: Nicholas Cahill: “Lydian Cultural Identity in Everyday Utensils”

10.55-11.35: Güzin Eren: “Building Cultural Identity: Monumental Architecture in Early Lydian Sardis”

11.35-12.15: William Bruce: “Cybele, Puppy Dinners, and Religious Cult in the Lydian and Persian Periods”

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.40: Milena Anfosso: “Between Lydia and Phrygia: the Case Study of Kelainai”

14.40-15.20: Brian Rose: “The Lydians at Gordion”

15.20-15.40: Coffee Break

15.40-16.20: Elizabeth Baughan: “«Lydian» Tomb Traditions Outside of Lydia”

16.20-17.00: Rostislav Oreshko: “Cultural Contact and Creation of Lydian Identity: Epigraphic and Linguistic perspectives”

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