UTE LOHNER-URBAN

Date: 
Thursday, May 3, 2018 -
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE, LEOFOROS ALEXANDRAS 26
Event Description: 

MAG. DR. UTE LOHNER-URBAN (University of Graz, Institute of Archaeology), THE EAST GATE OF SIDE. DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTION CHANGE OF CITYGATES IN THE TRANSITION OF THE LATE-HELLENISTIC TO THE ROMAN PERIOD

The East Gate of Side at the southern coast of Turkey is part of an elaborated fortification system
consisting of the so called Main Gate and a well preserved fortification wall. The gate complex – a
Hoftor after the current terminology – has been dated to the Hellenistic period by most of the scientists
dealing with fortification systems. Current excavations didn´t reveal any Hellenistic context. The first
building period goes back earliest to Augustan times, when the gate shows the structure of a Hoftor
flanked by two towers. While the East Gate has always been considered in terms of a defensive aspect,
a new conclusion results from the record is concerning its representative function and concerning the
urban structure (not the imminent enemy). Under this changed point of view new issues arise, which
are going to be presented.