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Ordinary Lydians at Home

Ordinary Lydians at Home

The Lydian Trenches of the House of Bronzes and Pactolus Cliff at Sardis

Andrew Ramage, Nancy H. Ramage, R. Gül Gürtekin-Demir

ISBN 9780674248557

Publication date: 06/15/2021

This much-anticipated publication of two major Lydian excavation sectors at Sardis is the first in-depth presentation of the architecture and associated pottery and other artifacts found in the houses of inhabitants of this legendary city. It traces continuous occupation outside the city walls from the Late Bronze Age to the middle of the sixth century BC, when the Persians under Cyrus the Great captured the capital city of King Croesus.

This book represents a remarkable synthesis of a vast quantity of everyday materials into a vivid picture of daily life in early Sardis in the period when the Lydians were conquering most of western Turkey. The authors describe many small structures and a wealth of artifacts that collectively document the lives of ordinary Lydians, in what appear to be both domestic and craft contexts.

Because the Lydians maintained cultural and economic contacts throughout the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, scholars working in Greece, Anatolia, and the Near East will find this first presentation of Lydian pottery and other objects, as well as vernacular architecture, of great interest and value. The two-volume book discusses the chronology, history, and evidence of everyday life, and catalogues nearly 800 objects, illustrated by more than 300 color plates of photos and detailed drawings.


  • Provides an important update on the volume Sardis from Prehistoric to Roman Times and various articles pertaining to early occupation at Sardis. The core of this publication consists of a thorough catalogue of pottery, terracotta and metal objects, and various small finds dating from the beginning of the twelfth to the middle of the sixth century BCE, supplemented by contextual information and interpretation.

    —Jana Mokrišová, Bryn Mawr Classical Review


  • Andrew Ramage is Professor Emeritus in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University.
  • Nancy H. Ramage is Charles H. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts Emerita at Ithaca College.
  • R. Gül Gürtekin-Demir is Professor of Classical Archaeology at Ege University.

Book Details

  • 586 pages
  • 9 x 12 inches
  • Archaeological Exploration of Sardis