NEWS: The “Darius” Inscription from Phanagoria

A few years ago (2016 to be precise), as our regular readers may recall, there were a flurry of reports from news outlets and archaeology websites regarding the discovery of an inscribed stele in Old Persian from the Black Sea settlement of Phanagoria (for those who would like to refresh their memories the story can... Continue Reading →


REVIEW: EPIPHANEIA: A Festschrift for Nuran Şahin

This useful and well-produced book shows that Festschrift culture is very much alive and well in Turkey, with 32 papers dedicated to the excavator of Klaros on themes ranging across archaeology, ancient history, and cultural heritage. Of most interest to followers of this blog are papers on aspects of Ionian cult practice including a new... Continue Reading →

NEWS: Greek Colonisation: The View from Ionia

In January 2019 a new book will include a chapter on Ionia by Milesian Tales contributor Alan M. Greaves. Greek Colonization in Local Context: Case Studies in Colonial Interactions edited by Jason Lucas,  Carrie Ann Murray and Sara Owen features 15 papers, each dealing with a different site or region of the Greek colonial world within... Continue Reading →

NEWS – Milesian Colony of Limnai Discovered.

According to a press release from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMU), a team of archaeologists from the institute led by Dr. Reyhan Körpe has uncovered the location of the previously lost city of Limnai. The remains of the city were discovered near the village of Beşyol in Turkey’s Çanakkale ili. According to ancient authors Limnai... Continue Reading →

EVENT: ‘Between East and West: the case of Dionysius’ “hybridity” in Chariton’s novel Callirhoe’ (Dr Mai Musié, University of Oxford)

This paper will focus on Dionysius, the aristocrat of Miletus who has come to serve the Persian Great King. Dionysius is associated with Greek paideia, but as a Milesian and Ionian occupies a position of cultural fluidity between Greek West and Persian East. His access to more than one cultural identity means his identity can... Continue Reading →

EVENT: Naoíse Mac Sweeney @ Liverpool.

On November the 1st, the University of Liverpool is proud to host the distinguished Dr Naoíse Mac Sweeney (University of Leicester) who will give a presentation entitled: The Whole and the Part: The Role of Fragments in History and Culture, as part of its Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Flagship Seminar Series. Dr Mac Sweeney will be discussing... Continue Reading →

NEWS: Ancient Shipwrecks found in Ionia

The discovery has been announced of at least 58 amphorae on the seabed near the island of Fournoi, which is between Samos and the once Milesian-controlled island of Leros. It is said to the one of the largest finds of its kind in the Aegean. View Video

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