The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 88.1. Topics in this issue include a study that examines the history and geoarchaeology of the lower Maeander Valley region in western Turkey; a reappraisal of IG I3 435, the so-called Athena Promachos accounts from the Athenian Acropolis; and the presentation of the results of the 2015 excavation in the South Stoa at Corinth.
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From the Gulf of Latmos to Lake Bafa: On the History, Geoarchaeology, and Palynology of the Lower Maeander Valley at the Foot of the Latmos Mountains, by Alexander Herda, Helmut Brückner, Marc Müllenhoff, and Maria Knipping, uses a two-part approach to shed light on the evolution and history of Lake Bafa (modern Bafa Gölü in western Turkey) and its environs, the former regions of northwestern Karia and southern Ionia. The authors outline the charter myths that the immigrant Greeks and indigenous Karians created to sanction their land ownership, and they investigate the lake as a geo-bio-archive for the evolution of the landscape over the past millennia. Through this study, they present a comprehensive anthropogeography for the lower Maeander delta region at the foot of the Latmos Mountains.
A Reappraisal of the Athena Promachos Accounts from the Acropolis (IG I3 435), by Elizabeth Foley and Ronald S. Stroud, presents a new edition of IG I3 435, an Athenian inscription of the 5th century B.C. traditionally identified as the accounts recording the creation of the great bronze statue of Athena Promachos on the Acropolis, a work of Pheidias. The authors provide a revised text, translation, notes on readings, and commentary, together with a discussion of the physical reconstruction of the original stele, the arrangement of the fragments, the date of the inscription, and the duration and estimated cost of the project. As a result of this thorough review of the literary, epigraphical, and archaeological evidence for the statue of Athena Promachos, they conclude that the arguments for associating IG I3 435 with this statue are not persuasive.
The South Stoa at Corinth: New Evidence and Interpretations, by Sarah A. James, details the 2015 excavations in the South Stoa at Corinth, which revealed much about the history of this area of the later Forum and about the stoa itself prior to the installation of the Eutychia mosaic ca. A.D. 150. Neolithic pottery, an Early Protogeometric grave, an Archaic votive pit, and a possible industrial installation cut into the bedrock all give insights into the landscape before the construction of the stoa. Construction trenches and a foundation deposit provide a date in the 280s B.C. for the first building activities at the stoa’s east end. Roman-era finds shed light on the history of room C from the later 1st to the 5th century A.D.
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