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The Synagogue at Sardis

The Synagogue at Sardis

Andrew R. Seager

ISBN 9780674296152

Publication date: 03/19/2024

The Synagogue at Sardis, discovered by the Harvard-Cornell expedition in 1962, is the largest synagogue known in the ancient world. Its great size, its location within a bath-gymnasium complex, its elaborate and expensive interior decorations, and the high status of many of the donors caused significant revision of previous assumptions about Judaism in the Roman Empire.

This long-awaited volume discusses in detail the history of the building, its decoration, and the place of the Jewish community in the larger society. Copiously illustrated with plans and photos, the book also includes catalogs of the decorative elements, coins, and other objects associated with this monumental religious space.


  • Andrew R. Seager is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Ball State University. He joined the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in 1964 and began his study of the Synagogue in 1966.

Book Details

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