Podcast #11: Making Waves in the Aegean: Lana Radloff and the Milesian Seascape

Photo of Dr. Lana Radloff by the sea.
Dr. Lana Radloff

On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Lana Radloff, Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at Bishop’s University.

Listen in, as she discusses her research on seascapes, the ancient sensory experience of the Mediterranean, and the city of Miletus.

Interested in learning more? Check out this related article by Dr. Radloff:

Radloff, L. 2019. “‘Placing’ a Maritime Territory at Hellenistic Miletos.” Conference Proceedings, Signs of Place: a Visual Interpretation of Landscape, Excellence Cluster Topoi, Freie University, Berlin, edited by R. Döhl and J. Jansen van Rensburg, 97-118.

And this Digital Humanities Project:

A Walk through Ancient Miletus

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Front, western lion, Miletus. Photo: Lana Radloff.
Front, western lion, Miletus. Photo: Lana Radloff.
Back, western lion, Miletus. Photo: Lana Radloff.
Back, western lion, Miletus. Photo: Lana Radloff.
View from Humei Tepe looking west toward the theatre on Kale Tepe at Miletus. To its right is a modern earthen dam with the Lion Harbor submerged in shallow water to its left. Photo: Lana Radloff.
View from Humei Tepe looking west toward the theatre on Kale Tepe at Miletus. To its right is a modern earthen dam with the Lion Harbor submerged in shallow water to its left. Photo: Lana Radloff.
View from the shore of the Lion Harbor at Miletus looking southwest toward the Sacred Road that leads to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. To the left of the Sacred Road is the Delphinion (Temple of Apollo Delphinios) partially submerged in water and, to its right, is the North Agora or “ancient marketplace” (obscured by shrubs). Photo: Lana Radloff.
View from the shore of the Lion Harbor at Miletus looking southwest toward the Sacred Road that leads to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. To the left of the Sacred Road is the Delphinion (Temple of Apollo Delphinios) partially submerged in water and, to its right, is the North Agora or “ancient marketplace” (obscured by shrubs). Photo: Lana Radloff.
A well-preserved section of the Sacred Road near the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Photo: Lana Radloff.
A well-preserved section of the Sacred Road near the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Photo: Lana Radloff.

Additional Resources Related to this Episode
Miletus (General)

Gorman, V.B. 2001. Miletos, the Ornament of Ionia: A History of the City to 400 B.C.E. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. 

Greaves, A.M. 2002. Miletos: a history. New York: Routledge. 

Greaves, A.M. 2000a. “The Shifting Focus of Settlement at Miletos.” In Further studies in the ancient Greek polis (Historia Einzelschriften 138), edited by P. Flensted-Jensen, 57-72. Stuttgart: F. Steiner. 

Greaves, A.M. 2000b. “Miletos and the Sea: a stormy relationship.” In The Sea in Antiquity (BAR International series 899), edited by G.J. Oliver, R. Brock, T. Cornell, and S. Hodkinson, 39-61. Oxford: BAR.

Radloff, L. 2019. “‘Placing’ a Maritime Territory at Hellenistic Miletos.” Conference Proceedings, Signs of Place: a Visual Interpretation of Landscape, Excellence Cluster Topoi, Freie University, Berlin, edited by R. Döhl and J. Jansen van Rensburg, 97-118.

Thonemann, P. 2011. The Maeander Valley. A Historical Geography From Antiquity to Byzantium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Miletus: Geoarchaeology

Brückner, H., Müllenhoff, M., Gehrels, R., Herda, A., Knipping, M., and Vött, A. 2006. “From archipelago to floodplain — geographical and ecological changes in Miletus and its environs during the past six millennia (Western Anatolia, Turkey),” Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F. Suppl. Vol. 142: 63-83. 

Brückner, H., Herda, A., Müllenhoff, M., Rabbel, W., and Stümpel, H. 2014. “On the Lion Harbour and other Harbours in Miletos: recent historical, archaeological, sedimentological, and geophysical research,” Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens 7: 49-103.

Brückner, H., Herda, A., Kerschner, M, Müllenhoff, M, and Stock, F. 2017. “Life Cycle of Estuarine Islands—From the Formation to the Landlocking of Former Islands in the Environs of Miletos and Ephesos in Western Asia Minor (Turkey),” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 12: 876-94. 

Müllenhoff, M., Herda, A., and Brückner, H. 2009. “Geoarchaeology in the City of Thales Deciphering Palaeogeographic Changes in the Agora Area of Miletus.” In Mensch und Umwelt im Spiegel der Zeit: Aspekte geoarchäologischer Forschungen im östlichen Mittelmeergebiet, edited by T. Mattern and A. Vött, 97-110. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Miletus: Harbor Lions

von Graeve, V. 1996. “Zu Hafenlöwen von Milet.” In Fremde Zeiten. Festschrift für Jürgen Borchhardt zum sechzigsten Geburtstag am 25. Februar 1996, edited by F. Blakolmer, K.R. Krierer, F. Krinzinger, A. Landskron-Dinstl, H.D. Szemethy, and K. Zhuber-Okrog, 317-27. Wien: Phoibos Verlag.

Miletos: Cult of Aphrodite

Greaves, A.M. 2004. “The Cult of Aphrodite in Miletos and its Colonies,” Anatolian Studies 54: 27-33.

Senff, R. 2003. “Das Aphroditeheiligtum von Milet.” In Neue Forschungen zur Religionsgeschichte Kleinasiens. Elmar Schwertheim zum 60. Geburtstag gewidmet, edited by G. Heedemann and E. Winter, 11-25. Bonn. 

Miletos: Cult of Apollo

Herda, A. 2006a. Der Apollon-Delphinios-Kult in Milet und die Neujahrsprozession nach Didyma. Ein neuer Kommentar der sog. Molpoi-Satzung (Milesische Forschungen 4). Mainz: von Zabern. 

Herda, A. 2011. “How to run a state cult: the organization of the cult of Apollo Delphinios in Miletos.” In Current approaches to religion in ancient Greece. Papers presented at a symposium at the Swedish Institute in Athens, 17-19 April 2008, edited by M. Hayson and J. Wallensten, 57-93. Stockholm: Svenska institutet i Athen.

Maritime Theory & Seafaring

Casson, L. 1971. Ships and seamanship in the ancient world. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Casson, L. 1991. The ancient mariners: seafarers and sea fighters of the Mediterranean in ancient times. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

Hedgpeth, J.W. 1976. “The Living Edge,” Geoscience and Man 14.1: 17-51.

Ford, B. 2011. “The Shoreline as a Bridge, Not a Boundary: Cognitive Maritime Landscapes of Lake Ontario.” In The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes, edited by B. Ford, 63-80. New York: Springer.

Morton, J. 2001. The role of the physical environment in ancient Greek seafaring. Leiden: Brill. Pullen, D. and Tartaron, T. 2007. “Where’s the Palace? The Absence of State Formation in the Late Bronze Age Corinthia.” In Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces II, edited by M.L. Galaty and W.A. Parkinson, 146-58. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California.

Westerdahl, C. 1992. “The Maritime Cultural Landscape,” IJNA 21.1: 5-14.

Burgaz Harbours Project and Space-Syntax Modelling

Greene, E.S., Leidwanger, J., and Tuna, N. 2019. “Archaeological Investigations in the Harbors of Burgaz, Turkey: 2011-2015 Field Seasons.” International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 48.1: 103-122.

Hillier, B. and Hanson, J. 1984. The Social Logic of Space. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Radloff, L., Greene, E.S., Leidwanger, J., Tuna, N., and Atıcı, N. forthcoming. “Structuring Urban and Maritime Space at Burgaz, Turkey.” Conference Proceedings, Karia and the Dodekanese, Cultural interrelations in the southeastern Aegean ca. 500 BC – AD 500, The Danish Institute at Athens, January 24-26, 2018, Volume 1, edited by J. Lund, P. Pederson, and B. Poulson, 181-92. Oxbow.

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