The Temple of Artemis at Sardis - Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Report 7

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The Temple of Artemis at Sardis, one of the largest Greek temples in the world, is documented in detail in this lavishly illustrated two-volume monograph by architectural historian Fikret K. Yegül. Begun in the century after the death of Alexander the Great, this delightful and complex building has been admired by travelers, depicted by artists and architects, and studied by scholars for hundreds of years. Yegül provides a wide-ranging overview of the building, treating such topics as early travelers, excavation history, inscriptions, construction techniques, the colossal Roman imperial portraits from the temple cella, religion and cult, and comparisons to other temples and buildings throughout Asia Minor.

Yegül’s block-by-block description of the extant elements of the building, accompanied by hundreds of drawings and photographs, elucidates the two primary phases in the temple’s design and construction, which date to the Hellenistic and the Roman imperial periods. All elements of the building are illustrated in their recently conserved state, with centuries-old discoloration now removed to reveal the original marble.

Set of two volumes

Volume 1 Text

XLIX + 336 pp, 13 color photos, 370 photos, 91 illus., 8 color illus., 4 maps, 5 tables, bucram hb with jacket

Volume 2 Plates

Series of twenty-four foldout plates with detailed temple plans and elevations of the temple in a special box.

Editor’s Preface

Author’s Preface



List of Illustrations

List of Tables


Chapter 1. 


  • Archaeological Investigations at the Temple
  • A Summary Description of the Building and Its History
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Temple
  • Description of the Temple of Artemis by Early Travelers

Chapter 2. 

Description of the Building: The Physical Remains

  • Surveying and Recording Conventions
  • Some Commonly Used Construction Features and Methods
  • An Overview of Hellenistic and Roman Construction and Major Phases
  • The Walls
  • Foundation Conditions of the Temple
  • Columns of the East End
  • Capitals
  • The Entablature

Chapter 3. 

Building History and Chronology

  • State of the Scholarship
  • Historical, Epigraphic, and Numismatic Considerations for Design and Chronology
  • Materials and Methods of Construction: Technical and Stylistic Considerations
  • Peristyle and Wall Foundations
  • East and West Pronaos Porches
  • Further Considerations for a Closer Dating of the Roman Phase
  • Interior Architecture of the Roman East Cella
  • Interior Architecture of the Roman West Cella and Its Roof Structure
  • Religion and Cults in the Sanctuary as Forerunners of the Imperial Cult
  • Imperial Cult and the Artemis Temple

Chapter 4. 

Architectural Analysis, Design, and Comparisons

  • Hellenistic Phase Design: The Shape of the Sacred
  • Roman Phase Design: The Shape of Power
  • Architectural Analysis and Comparisons



Illustration Credits

General Index

Index of Sardis Inventory Numbers

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