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Asia Minor and Greek spaces




Coordination :
Jacques des COURTILS, professeur Histoire de l'Art antique et Archéologie - Université Bordeaux Montaigne  mail
Patrice BRUN, professeur d'Histoire grecque - Université Bordeaux Montaigne   mail

For some decades now (first mission in 1989), Asia Minor has been one of the more dynamic focus areas for the Ausonius Institute. Several conferences and gatherings have already been organized around it in Bordeaux:

* L’or perse (1986). Proceedings edited by Pierre Debord, REA, 1987 (with Alain Bresson and Raymond Descat).
* Les cités d’Asie Mineure occidentale au IIe s. a.C. (1997). Proceedings edited by Alain Bresson and Raymond Descat (Ausonius Éditions, 2001) (with Pierre Debord and Patrice Brun).
* Auguste et l'Asie Mineure (2014). Proceedings edited by Laurence Cavalier, Marie-Claire Ferriès and Fabrice Delrieux (Ausonius Éditions, 2017) (with Jacques des Courtils and Pierre Fröhlich).

* Western Asia Minor in the third century BC
This colloquium is to be held on 11, 12 and 13 October 2018 in Bordeaux and is jointly organized by the university, Labex, the Ausonius Institute and the IUF. It will bring together a score of French and foreign researchers, including several teaching-research staff of Bordeaux Montaigne University (UMR Ausonius), plus a recent PhD graduate (Joy Rivault) and a doctoral student (Julie Bernini). Students will of course be invited to participate in the event.

  • Historically, two regions of Asia Minor have come in for particular study: Caria and Lycia.

Caria is a focus area that enjoys the trust of the Ausonius Institute and has been financed by various resources for some years now. The Institute has supported it ever since the first field missions in 1989. Labex LaScArBx, in 2014/15, singled it out by assigning a post-doctoral fellow from Bordeaux 3 University (Baptiste Vergnaud) to work on the walls of the ancient city of Eurômos (south-western Turkey). He currently has a position at Koç University in Istanbul. Then in 2015, the Foreign Affairs Ministry selected the “Eurômos” project presented by Koray Konuk, a CNRS researcher with the Ausonius Institute, for which it awarded an annual subsidy of €9,000 (2015–2018). In that same year, the IUF senior project presented by Patrice Brun was accepted and, of the €12,000 annual endowment, €8,000 are reserved for missions to the site (2015–2020).
As concerns Lycia, the Franco-Quebecois ANR programme ArchXanth jointly directed by Laurence Cavalier and Patrick Baker concerns digitization of the excavation records from the Xanthos-Letoon archaeological mission. The Turkish referents for the project were guests in the autumn. Three trainees digitized the archives conserved in Bordeaux (completion planned for March 2018). A meeting took place at the British Museum (J.-F. Bernard, L. Cavalier, J. des Courtils) to negotiate the modelling of blocks from the Nereids Monument, then in Quebec (L. Cavalier, J. des Courtils, N. Prévôt) to put in place the database for the project. Since January a post-doc fellow (E. Cayre) has been here, before the arrival of a 3D engineer in March (6-month contract).
Again in Lycia, at Limyra, L. Cavalier is in charge of the “Spolien” side of the FWF-Projekt zur urbanistischen Entwicklung Limyras in hellenistischer Zeit programme led by M. Seyer. In this context, two Bordeaux students will participate in the mission in 2018, as our Austrian colleagues have just had their work authorization renewed.

  • Other missions abroad

- Thasos: publication by Jacques des Courtils of the sanctuaries of Heracles and of Athena is planned for late 2018–early 2019.
“Topographie et architecture. SIG du centre monumental de Thasos”, directed by Natacha Trippé. Two field missions were conducted in 2017: one for three weeks, a first campaign for the architectural survey of the sanctuary of Zeus Agoraios on the agora of Thasos (GTh 34), with two students from Bordeaux-Montaigne University. A second field mission, again of three weeks, made it possible to continue the topographical survey and architectural analysis of the administrative premises (GTh 14). One student from Bordeaux-Montaigne participated in this mission. The WebSIG is currently operational and regularly supplied, being accessible for the time being to members of the mission, with a view to improving the tool. The programme was presented at a workshop on “Conservation et mise en valeur des sites archéologiques de l’EFA” jointly organized by N. Trippé, P. Hamon and C. Hasenohr as part of the AMEFA on 21 October 2017.
- Thasos-Samothrace: collaboration with the US team at Samothrace continues under the PUF programme: study day at Ausonius on 16 March, study trip to Greece in May–June, participation (JdC, LC and two students) at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (San Diego, January 2018).
- Delos: Publication of the Agora of the Competaliasts by Claire Hasenohr is planned for late 2018.
- Pontus: Askold Ivanthcik is presenting two projects one filed with Labex on Olbia Pontica (in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of Ukraine – Kiev) and the other on the northern Colchis (Dioscurias) with the Scientific Foundation of Russia.
- Agrigentum: The first study and excavation mission of the Shrine of the Chthonian Divinities, directed by Laurence Cavalier, will take place in June. A convention has been signed between the Parco archeologico Valle dei Templi and Ausonius. The project is supported by EFR and CJB who have invited LC to present the project in Rome (25–27 January). Two Bordeaux students are taking part in the mission.
- not part of the focus area, but led by Jacques des Courtils, the ERC project on processions will be represented this year.

  • PhD theses in progress in this focus area

No fewer than 15 theses supervised or jointly supervised by teaching-researcher members of the focus area are currently underway.
* Vincent Baillet : Les décors végétalisés dans l’architecture grecque : le kymation lesbique. Analyse, restitution volumétrique et interprétation par l’imagerie numérique (Jacques des Courtils)
* Julie Bernini (avec J.-Ch. Moretti) : Les lieux du politique dans les cités d’Ionie et de Carie à l’époque hellénistique (Pierre Fröhlich)
* Adrien Berthou : Cultes et divinités de Cilicie : l'apport des phénomènes religieux à la définition de l'identité culturelle cilicienne (Patrice Brun)
* Sabrina Cales : L’oikonomos en Asie Mineure (Pierre Fröhlich)
* Viktoria Dumay : Royauté, ethnicité et interculturalité dans le royaume du Bosphore Cimmérien à l’époque hellénistique et romaine (Ier siècle av. J.-C. ­ IIIe siècle apr. J.-C.) », (Askold Ivantchik), co-direction avec Chr.-G. Schwentzel, (Université de Lorraine - Metz)
* Marine Garcia : Les cultes domestiques dans les cités grecques aux époques classique et hellénistique (Jacques des Courtils)
* Edith Guiro : Recherches sur l’architecture monumentale d’époque classique à Athènes et en Attique (Jacques des Courtils)
* Sébastien Marre : Divisions et subdivisions civiques dans les cités d’Asie Mineure occidentale du IVe siècle avant J.-C. au IIe siècle avant J.-C. (Patrice Brun)
* Cassandre Mbonyo-Kiefer : Les Sebasteia dans l’Orient grec. Architecture et décoration sculptée (Jacques des Courtils)
* Alice Ognier : Les sanctuaires d'acropoles dédiés à Athéna aux époques archaïque et classique dans le monde égéen (Jacques des Courtils)
* O. Romanenko : Entre Grèce et mer Noire : étude des peintures décoratives des maisons du Royaume du Bosphore Cimmérien du IIIe au Ier s. av. J.-C. (co-direction avec C. Muller – Paris 10 Nanterre) (Askold Ivantchik)
* Rémi Saou : Violences et pratiques combattantes dans l’espace égéen entre la fin du IVe et le Ier siècle av.n.è. Une étude anthropologique du fait guerrier (Pierre Fröhlich)
* Olivier Vanwelleghem : Les sanctuaires de l’Est égéen, du HR-IIIC à la fin de l’époque archaïque (Pierre Fröhlich)
* Alexandra von der Ropp : Schémas d’occupation de l’espace au premier âge du Fer (Ier millénaire avant J.-C) dans la région de Stavropol (centre du Caucase du nord, Russie) : espaces des morts et espaces des vivants (Askold Ivantchik)

Projets en cours

  • Euromos en Carie occidentale et ses voisins   voir
  • Publication des fouilles de Xanthos   voir
  • Sanctuaire de Thasos   voir
  • Kelainai - Apamée Kibôtos : une métropole phrigienne au carrefour des cultures   voir
  • SIG du centre monumental de Thasos. Topographie et architecture   voir
  • Réseaux d’architecture en Égée du nord : Thasos, Samothrace et la genèse des formes hellénistiques et romaines    voir 


Projets émergents
La Carie et ses communautés : étude d'une région multiculturelle   voir

L'Asie mineure dans un contexte méditerranéen : les relations entre l'Asie Mineure et le monde méditerranéen, histoire, archéologie, architecture   voir



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