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Lecture | Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (CIEL) Seminars

Multicultural structure at the satrapal centre Daskyleion in North-western Anatolia

Monday 8 May 2023
Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (CIEL) Seminars
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Daskyleion was a settlement serving as the capital of a Persian satrapy which controlled the Hellespontine Phrygia, Bithynia, Paphlagonia and probably also Phrygia and Cappadocia in ancient Anatolia. The settlement was additionally important due to its multi-cultural society containing Phrygian, Lydian, Persian and Greek ethnicities, and materials. However surely the peak period of the city is the Persian Period.

The Phrygian character of the city turned culturally to the Lydian according to the tradition in the mid-seventh century. After the Persian occupation in 547 BC, the city was chosen by the Persians as one of a regional Achaemenid capitals of the empire. The ancient resources are supported by the archaeological finds, which were unearthed during the last 36 years of excavations in the area. Recent excavations shed light to the pre-Persian and Persian Periods of this important historical settlement. The purpose of this paper is to declare the discovery of a newly uncovered findings, unearthed circuit walls and monumental buildings.

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