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In The Archaeology of Lydia: From Gyges to Alexander, Christopher Roosevelt provides the first overview of the regional archaeology of Lydia in western Turkey, including much previously unpublished evidence as well as a fresh synthesis of the archaeology of Sardis, the ancient capital of the region. Combining data from regional surveys, stylistic analyses of artifacts in local museums, ancient texts, and environmental studies, he presents a new perspective on the archaeology of this area. To assess the importance of Lydian landscapes under Lydian and Achaemenid rule, roughly between the seventh and fourth centuries BCE, Roosevelt situates the archaeological evidence within frameworks established by evidence for ancient geography, environmental conditions, and resource availability and exploitation. Drawing on detailed and copiously illustrated evidence presented in a regionally organized catalogue, the book considers the significance of evidence of settlement and burial at Sardis and beyond for understanding Lydian society as a whole and the continuity of cultural traditions across the transition from Lydian to Achaemenid hegemony.Read more
- The first synthesis of the regional archaeology of all Lydia and up-to-date synthesis of the archaeology of Sardis
- Provides a detailed catalogue of evidence to support arguments, as well as clear and numerous illustrations of evidence with photographs, site plans, and regional maps
- Presents much previously unknown and/or unpublished data, from both recent archival and museum research and ongoing fieldwork
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- Date Published: April 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107629837
- length: 329 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 176 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.8kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. The cultural and historical framework
3. Lydian geography and environment
4. Settlement and society at Sardis
5. Settlement and society in central and greater Lydia
6. Burial and society
7. Conclusions: continuity and change at Sardis and beyond.
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