Dr. Sabine Ladstätter of the Österreichischen Archäologischen Institut (ÖAI)/Austrian Academy of Sciences will examine Ephesos, the capital city of the Roman province of Asia, both the seat of the regional administration and an important transportation hub between the Aegean and Anatolia. Its lifeline was without doubt the harbor, which received a monumental structural framework. Local élites were comprised of wealthy shipowners and merchants, who profited from the exceptional position of the city and who embellished it via endowments. The sanctuary of Artemis of Ephesos also contributed to the commercial power of the region and served as a secure bank for deposits and a site of business transactions. The basic conditions were therefore precisely favourable for the advancement of Ephesos to one of the largest metropoleis of the ancient world.

Title: Ephesos: City, Harbor, Hinterland

Date: Thursday, 2. April 2020 7PM

Location: University of Colorado, Boulder (USA), Eaton Humanities, 150,
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Department of Classics and CU Museum.


Photo credit: OeAW/Daniel Hinterramskogler

Sabine Ladstätter studied Classical Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory and Ancient History at the Universities of Graz and Vienna with a Doctoral degree at the University of Vienna in 1997. Between 1997-2007 she held the position of Research Assistant at the Institute for the Cultural History of Antiquity at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. After her Habilitation at the University of Vienna in 2007 she moved to the Austrian Archaeological Institute, where she became the director in 2009. Awards for Scientist of the Year in 2011 in Austria, and for the best popular scientific book in Austria in 2014, are proof of her engagement in the areas of scientific communication and public outreach. She is a member of the German Archaeological Institute, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Archaeological Institute of Bulgaria. Guest professorships at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris (2016) and Stanford University (2019) underscore her engagement in the fields of education and teaching, also attested by her supervision of academic degrees at a variety of European universities. Sustained by an interdisciplinary research approach, she is involved with economic- and landscape archaeology, as well as with the documentation and preservation of archaeological cultural heritage.