Martin Seyer

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00
Event Description: 

Dr. Martin Seyer (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna), “LIMYRA-The Urbanistic Development of an Ancient City in Asia Minor”

The city of Limyra, located in Eastern Lycia/Asia Minor had her first heyday in the early 4th century
BC, when the local potentate Perikle conquered the whole peninsula of Lycia and made Limyra her
capital. Under his reign a comprehensive building program with a huge city wall and a citadel on top
of the acropolis, an enlargement of the residential quarter and various necropoleis was realized. At
this time also the monumental heroon of the dynasty which took the form of an amphiprostylos with
larger-than-live-size caryatids instead of columns was erected. Under the Ptolemaic reign in the 3rd
century BC Limyra was enlarged; the most impressive building of this era is the so called Ptolemaion,
a temple for the ruler cult of the dynasty. The city remained important in the Roman period, when
she was a prominent member of the Lycian league, a koinon of the cities of this cultural landscape.