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Sardis Biennial Lecture: Excavations and Research at Sardis

April 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for the biennial lecture on research and discoveries at Sardis, one of the great ancient cities of western Turkey from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Famous as the site where coins were invented in the seventh century BC, Sardis became the Paris of the ancient world, beloved of Sappho and feared by its Greek neighbors. It flourished under the Roman emperors with two temples to the Imperial cult, and into late antiquity as one of the Seven Churches of Asia.
Excavations have been conducted at Sardis since 1958, sponsored by Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University, and authorized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and recent work has revealed the earliest remains yet discovered in the city, the largest Roman arch in the world, and luxurious late Roman houses. While the pandemic prevented a full field season in 2020, a virtual Sardis season in Cambridge and limited fieldwork in Turkey contributed to the publication of two long-awaited monographs and made advances in the conservation and preservation of this beautiful site. Director Nicholas Cahill (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will report on the recent work and discoveries, and on future prospects.
This virtual lecture will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. Link to register:
https://harvard.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_WmyNgxZoRh21VhHKQ-7Vrw