TAA Reşat Aktan Lounge
Speaker: Olivier HenryDirector of Excavations at the Karian Sanctuary of Laubranda,Department of Archaeology, Bilkent University, Assoc. Researcher at AorOc (UMR 8546) - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris
May 9 @ 7 p.m.
The site of Labraunda in Karia was known as early as the 5th century BC to be a village housing a modest sanctuary dedicated to a local Zeus. In the 4th century BC, it became the center of attention of the ruling Hekatomnid family, including the famous Maussollos and his brother Idrieus who sponsored several lavish buildings. As a result, Labraunda became in a few decades one of the most famous religious and political centers of southwestern Asia Minor. Although excavated for more than 70 years, many questions still arise concerning the identity of the site and the purpose of its Late Classical architectural development. This lecture, organized by ARIT with co-sponsorship of the Turkish American Association, aims at presenting the site of Labraunda in its Hekatomnid state and discussing its meaning and importance within its historical context.