LECTURE: New Archaeological Evidence from Neoklaudiopolis (Vezirköprü, Samsun Province)

02 April 2020 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, first floor, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen (University of Southern Denmark)

The Roman city of Neapolis was founded after the Third Mithradatic War and later renamed Neoklaudiopolis in the emperor's honour. Today, it is known as Vezirköprü. Until 2010, the Roman city was known only through its coins, inscriptions and a few scattered references by ancient writers. As part of a joint Danish-Turkish-German project, an archaeological survey around the modern city of Vezirköprü has provided new insights into the topography of the city, the evolution of its water supply, its place in the road network of northern Anatolia and its civic and religious life. This lecture will present some of the project’s findings and discuss their implications for our understanding of Roman and late Roman Neoklaudiopolis.

Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen graduated in history and art history and worked for an archaeological magazine, in a museum and in publishing before taking up a position as senior lecturer in ancient history at the University of Southern Denmark. His publications include The Geography of Power (Oxford 1989), The Roads of Ancient Cyprus (Copenhagen 2004), Urban Life and Local Politics in Roman Bithynia (Aarhus 2008) and Mare nostrum (Odense 2018).

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