365. Hauskolloquium mit einem Vortrag von
Dr. Catherine Steidl (Dartmouth College, AIA-Fellow):
Re-thinking communities: collective identity and social experience in Iron-Age western Anatolia.
am Donnerstag, den 25. April 2019, um 18:00 Uhr c.t.
im Gartensaal des Wiegandhauses, Eingang: Peter-Lenné-Straße 28-30.
Ionia was an important bridge between Anatolia and the Aegean. It was also central to the ancient Greek cultural imagination, making important contributions to music, art, architecture, mathematics, poetry, and geography. How it came to be so ingrained in the Greek cultural sphere, however, is not well-understood archaeologically. The traditional explanation for Ionia’s ‘Greekness’ was the Ionian Migration, which described the settlement (en masse) of people from mainland Greece on the Anatolian coast around the 11th century BCE. This narrative has now been more or less rejected by scholars, but the challenge of how to understand Ionian identity in the Iron Age remains: who are these people? how do they understand themselves? how do they interact with the people and the world around them? This talk presents ongoing research investigating Ionian identity through the lens of the ‘community’. It proposes a new framework to ask new questions of the existing archaeological data, arguing for the importance of cross-Mediterranean comparison to help understand the daily social experience not just of ancient Ionians in Anatolia, but around the basin.