Ephesos Workshop 2011

In August 2011, AMS faculty and graduate students took part in a ten-day travel-study program in Turkey.  From our base in the town of Selçuk, we explored the remains of ancient Ephesos and nearby sites, including Belevi, Claros, and Notion.  We also made research visits to the sites of Aphrodisias, Didyma, Miletus, Priene, Sardis, and ancient Smyrna.

Highlights of the 2011 workshop included presentations by excavators from the Austrian Institute of Archaeology on the Artemision and on the Terrace Houses at Ephesos.  At Sardis, Prof. Fikret Yegül of UCSB spoke on the Temple of Artemis and the Bath/Gymnasium complex.  And in Izmir, we got a behind-the-scenes look at recently-excavated areas of the ancient Agora of Roman Smyrna.

During the workshop, AMS students and faculty presented papers on topics as diverse as Hellenistic coinage at Ephesus, the environmental history of Ionia, Alexander the Great at Miletus, and Anatolian-Egyptian connections in antiquity.  Papers were presented both on-site and at the Crisler Library, a non-profit research institute in Selçuk/Ephesos.

Both faculty and graduate students benefited from the opportunity for extended intellectual discussion during this workshop.  Graduate student participation in this workshop was supported by generous grants from the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and from the Harold and Kathleen Drake Fund.  Additional travel-study workshops are planned for future years.

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