A Look at the Riches of Croesus

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Oct. 24, 2013

A Look at the Riches of Croesus

Art historian Nicholas Cahill to speak on Turkish archeological finds during presentation at Trinity University

SAN ANTONIO - Nicholas Cahill, professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "The City of Sardis" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Chapman Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cahill will present the results of current research at Sardis in western Turkey, the capital city of the Lydians and of their last king, Croesus. Recent excavation has dramatically changed ideas about the Lydian city, with the discovery of the monumental city wall, terraces that organized the rugged natural topography, and houses burned by the Persian sack of the city in 547 B.C. The lecture will consider the later history of the city, including the temple of Artemis, the Hellenistic theater, and a temple of the Roman imperial cult.

Specializing in classical archaeology, especially houses and urban planning, Anatolian archaeology, and Near Eastern archaeology, Cahill has done fieldwork in Sardis, Turkey since 1979, where he has been site director since 2008. Besides Sardis, he has also excavated in Corinth, Greece; Tel Anafa, Israel, and the Scord of Brouster, Shetland Islands. Cahill received his bachelor's in classical archaeology and Greek from University of Michigan in 1981. He also earned a master's and doctorate in ancient history and Mediterranean archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, contact Trinity's classical studies department at 210-999-8008.