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The House Of The Lycian Acropolis At Xanthos

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This chapter discusses the material remains of structures on the Lycian Acropolis in Xanthos. They were formerly interpreted as religious monuments, but it is now clear that they derived from a late antique domus. This great, open, circulation court was surrounded by four subdivided wings in one or two stages and represented the heart of a house, which, in all likelihood, was part of the Anatolian tradition of Hellenistic houses. According to the material excavated since 1995, the original plan of the building dates from the middle of the 4th c. A.D. The chapter presents a hypothetical interpretation of the evolution of the house, taking into account only the elements which are currently known. Seven important phases can be identified between the main re-organisation of the acropolis, which saw the relaying of the main street and adjacent sewer system, and the violent destruction of the building.

Keywords: Anatolian tradition; Hellenistic houses; late antique domus; Lycian Acropolis; Xanthos



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