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Catalog Archive / Spring 2019

Spear-Won Land
Sardis from the King’s Peace to the Peace of Apamea
Edited by Andrea M. Berlin and Paul J. Kosmin

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Laura McClure, Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, and Matthew Roller, Series Editors

“This provides an extraordinary overview of Sardis and the surrounding area during the Early Hellenistic period and will be in demand by archaeologists in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. I would say that all of us are indebted to the editors for their creativity.”
—C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

Sardis, in western Turkey, was one of the great cities of the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds for almost a millennium—a political keystone with a legendary past. Recent archeological work has revealed how the city was transformed in the century following Alexander’s conquests from a traditional capital to a Greek polis, setting the stage for its blossoming as a Roman urban center. This integrated collection of essays by more than a dozen prominent scholars illuminates a crucial stage, from the early fourth century to 189 BCE, when it became one of the most important political centers of Asia Minor.

The contributors to this volume are members of the Hellenistic Sardis Project, a research collaboration between long-standing expedition members and scholars keenly interested in the site. These new discussions on the pre-Roman history of Sardis restore the city in the scholarship of the Hellenistic East and will be enlightening to scholars of classical archaeology.


Andrea M. Berlin holds the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She has written extensively on a broad variety of topics in classical archaeology, including six volumes reporting and interpreting excavations.

Paul J. Kosmin is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire, and Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire.




“A well-researched and insightful volume.”

“These scholars know their material well and present it clearly. As a result, the volume presents a new overview of an important ancient city during a critical period of transition in the eastern Mediterranean.”
—Lynn E. Roller, University of California, Davis



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June 2019
LC: 2018045777 DS
344 pp. 8.5 x 11
47 color illus., 102 b/w illus.

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