The Roman Bouleuterion and Odeon at Ashkelon Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Le Blanc, Robyn L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • Between 1921-1922 two monumental buildings were uncovered during excavations by John Garstang at Ashkelon, a city on the southern coast of modern-day Israel. Located in the area of the ancient Roman forum, these buildings were interpreted as a Herodian senate house overlaid by a Byzantine theater. Also found associated with these buildings were architectural fragments and a series of richly carved sculpted pilasters. Renewed excavations by the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon began in 2008, and have focused on re-examining the building plans and dates of the Roman structures. Based on findings from the new excavations, I argue that the earlier building is an early Roman bouleuterion, and that the later theatral structure is a Severan period building, perhaps identifiable as an odeon.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Classics."
  • Magness, Jodi
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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