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Cotsen Friday Seminar Series: The Temple of Artemis at Magnesia and Epiphany

by cquinto — last modified February 28, 2012 01:50 PM

'The Temple of Artemis at Magnesia and Epiphany', Professor Orhan Bingol, University of Ankara

What Conference
When March 02, 2012
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where Fowler Museum Bldg., Room A222
Contact Name Hannah Lau
Contact Email
Contact Phone 310-825-4169
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The temple of Artemis in Magnesia-on-the-Meander is the fourth largest Ionic temple in Asia Minor, with 8 X 15 columns and a stylobate measuring 41 X 67 m.  According to Vitruvius, the temple was built by the architect Hermogenes who invented a new plan that was defined as pseudodipteros and a new set of proportions.  The pseudodipteros plan, by omitting the internal row of peripheral colonnade, had the advantage of saving expense and labor while preserving the dignity of the work.  If Hermogenes' invention is a major breakthrough in Greek temple design, as Vitruvius claimed, where are other temples and other innovations by this talented Hellenistic architect?  Were other aspects of the design encountered in the Temple of Artemis - the height and spacing of columns, the attic base, and the figured frieze - also innovations by Hermogenes?  The uncovering of the blocks of the temple's pediment with three openings can be associated with the inscription (Nr. 16) which alludes to an epiphany at Magnesia in 221 BC.   Unfortunately, the inscription is incomplete, but the careful study of astronomic events may provide clues to the association with Artemis, goddess of the night.

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