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9 - Identities in Flux

The Late Phrygian Period YHSS 4 540–330 BCE

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2022

Lisa Kealhofer
Affiliation:
Santa Clara University, California
Peter Grave
Affiliation:
University of New England, Australia
Mary M. Voigt
Affiliation:
College of William and Mary, Virginia
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Even when viewed at a distance of almost 3,000 years, the political and social upheavals of first millennium BCE Gordion are striking. The rise of Lydian influence across central Anatolia in the late MP period transformed local communities at Gordion, changing daily domestic practices and introducing new ways of enacting power. This transformation, commencing in the late seventh century BCE, was well underway at the time of the Persian conquest in the mid sixth century BCE. Evidence of this military attack is still visible in the siege works built against the Lower Town fortification system and the burnt remains of the Küçük Höyük mudbrick fortress. While widespread, the impact of Persian power and organizational structures across Anatolia was treated as largely ephemeral until recently (Dusinberre 2013; Khatchadourian 2012). The impacts of a Persian administrative presence were substantial, however, not only as disruptors of the local political order, but also as stimulants for new opportunities of group formation that superseded previous social, economic and political entanglements.

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Ancient Gordion , pp. 301 - 354
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Identities in Flux
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.009
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  • Identities in Flux
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.009
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  • Identities in Flux
  • Lisa Kealhofer, Santa Clara University, California, Peter Grave, University of New England, Australia, Mary M. Voigt, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Book: Ancient Gordion
  • Online publication: 23 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108780681.009
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