Polychrome marble at Aphrodisias: The interior scheme of the North Stoa of the place of palms

Allison Kidd, Ben Russell

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The use of polychrome marble within Aphrodisias’ monumental landscape has received little attention in scholarship to date. Recent excavations of an urban park (formerly known as the ‘South Agora’) have yielded one of the city’s largest assemblages of polychrome stones. Based on stratigraphic analysis and a quantitative assessment of these finds, this paper demonstrates that this assemblage of wall cladding derived from the park’s North Stoa and proposes a hypothetical reconstruction of the building’s interior decorative revetment scheme. We suggest that the arrangement was designed not only as a lavish second-century AD embellishment but also to showcase imported materials from regional and inter-regional sources to maximum effect, with local stones used as framing materials along the top and bottom of the wall. Both the materials employed and the manner in which they are arranged provide significant information concerning the motivations for local and imported stone trade in Asia Minor during the High Imperial period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASMOSIA XII
EditorsA. B. Yavuz, B. Yolaçan , M. Bruno
Place of PublicationIzmir
PublisherDokuz Eylül University
Pages105-114
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Minor Asia
  • Aphrodisias
  • wall revetment

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