January 20, 2018- 2:00 PM: Dr. Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska

Antiochia ad Cragum in Rough Cilicia: From Piracy to Mosaics

Abstract

Since 2005 the Roman-era city of Antiochia ad Cragum in Rough Cilicia (Turkey) has been undergoing excavation by a team of researchers, engaged in new technologies to explore the ancient site. Since its beginning the excavation has been revealing much of the public quarter of the ancient city, exploring the Great Bath with an adjacent courtyard resplendent with a large colorful mosaic, and Imperial Temple, Recently the team discovered the Civic Bouleuterion, or council-house, that may have also served as an odeion. Before the city was founded in the first century CE, the site once served as a base for the notorious Cilician Pirates in the late Hellenistic period, and the research project is seeking to find traces of the site’s pirate past.

Bio

Dr. Michael Hoff specializes in Greek and Roman archaeology in which he conducts his research on the archaeology of Asia Minor. He has excavated in Wales, and Greece in the Athenian Agora, Corinth, Crete, and at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Hoff currently conducts research in Turkey where from 1997 to 2004 he co-directed the architectural survey team of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project, and since 2005, serves as Project Director of the Antiochia ad Cragum Excavations in Rough Cilicia on the south coast of Turkey. Prof. Hoff is also interested in the topography of Athens in the Roman period. Hoff was educated at the University of Missouri and Florida State University, and received his Ph.D. from Boston University. He is currently Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska where he has taught since 1989.

January 20, 2018- 2:00 PM: Dr. Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska

Antiochia ad Cragum in Rough Cilicia: From Piracy to Mosaics

Abstract

Since 2005 the Roman-era city of Antiochia ad Cragum in Rough Cilicia (Turkey) has been undergoing excavation by a team of researchers, engaged in new technologies to explore the ancient site. Since its beginning the excavation has been revealing much of the public quarter of the ancient city, exploring the Great Bath with an adjacent courtyard resplendent with a large colorful mosaic, and Imperial Temple, Recently the team discovered the Civic Bouleuterion, or council-house, that may have also served as an odeion. Before the city was founded in the first century CE, the site once served as a base for the notorious Cilician Pirates in the late Hellenistic period, and the research project is seeking to find traces of the site’s pirate past.

Bio

Dr. Michael Hoff specializes in Greek and Roman archaeology in which he conducts his research on the archaeology of Asia Minor. He has excavated in Wales, and Greece in the Athenian Agora, Corinth, Crete, and at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Hoff currently conducts research in Turkey where from 1997 to 2004 he co-directed the architectural survey team of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project, and since 2005, serves as Project Director of the Antiochia ad Cragum Excavations in Rough Cilicia on the south coast of Turkey. Prof. Hoff is also interested in the topography of Athens in the Roman period. Hoff was educated at the University of Missouri and Florida State University, and received his Ph.D. from Boston University. He is currently Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska where he has taught since 1989.

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