American School of Classical Studies
University of Ankara
LocationCotsen Hall, Hybrid Lecture, Anapiron Polemou 9, Kolonaki 10676
About the lecture:
Before the excavations of Carl Humann (1890-1892), we had only the ancient sources and the city coins concerning the cult of Zeus in Magnesia on the Maeander. Humann’s excavation of the Agora in May 1892 revealed some of this important temple. The remains were reburied after Humann’s excavation, so that this remarkable building has only been represented by a few architectural blocks in museums in Istanbul and Berlin and a 20-page chapter in the publication containing the studies and results of the excavations written in the beginning of the 20th century. New excavations carried out in the area of the temple in 2021-2023 have now unearthed some 75% of the original building, from its foundations to the many architectural blocks of its superstructure. In this paper, new evidence and knowledge of the cult of Zeus Sosipolis and its temple in Magnesia will be presented based on the scope of the new excavations, research, and approaches for the first time.
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