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Second public lecture by Dr. Sabine Ladstätter, Associate Professor, Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences

24.01.2017

The National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM-BAS) is pleased to invite you to a second public lecture by Dr. Sabine Ladstätter, Associate Professor, Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (www.oeai.at).

The lecture titled “Ephesus. Harbour, City and Hinterland“ will be held in the Board Hall of NAIM-BAS, Sofia, 1 Atanas Burov Square (opposite the Bulgarian presidency building) on 24 January, 2017 (Tuesday) at 4.00 pm.

Ephesus was one of the most important ancient harbour cities, yet it nevertheless had to contend with a continually progressive silting up caused by natural sedimentation processes. In order to guarantee an optimal connection to the sea, the settlement was moved on numerous occasions, until an artificial landing was created with the construction of the late Hellenistic-Roman harbour which was connected to the sea by an originally broad canal. A distinct upswing and cultural transformation went hand in hand with the establishment of the Roman Province of Asia and the designation of Ephesus as its capital city. The urban appearance of Ephesus in the Roman Imperial period was stamped by numerous private foundations and honorific monuments which bordered the public plazas and streets. A number of factors are responsible for the economic prosperity of the city. Thus, for example, the city had an extremely fertile hinterland at its disposal and the abundance of raw materials in the hinterland of Ephesus was also of great significance. An additional factor of economic importance was the Artemision, which – as large-scale landholder, as the “bank of Asia”, and also as a pilgrimage sanctuary – contributed measurably to the prosperity of the city and its population.

Since 2007 Dr. Ladstätter is Director of the Ephesus Excavations, and since 2009 she has been Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. More information about her can be found here (http://www.oeai.at/index.php/211.html).