Dienstag, 15. Mai 2018, 18:15 - 19:30 iCal

The Hekatomnid building programme at Labraunda.

Architectural experimentation and aesthetical fluidity in the 4th century BC


Dr. Jesper Blid (Stockholm - Wien)

Seminarraum 12 des Instituts für Klassische Archäologie
Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Wien


The monumental architecture commissioned by the Hekatomnid dynasty at Labraunda in ancient Karia and elsewhere is generally recognised as experimental and non-canonical as it features an innovative and unique combination of Anatolian Ionic, Mainland Doric and even Achaemenid styles and principles. Ever since the rule of Hekatomnos, the patriarch of the dynasty, the Hekatomnids bestowed special patronage upon Labraunda, with a peak during the satrapy of Hekatomnos’ son and heir Maussollos. They transformed the modest rural sanctuary of Zeus into a Hellenised architectural landscape of international character by erecting, for instance, a peripteral temple, banquet buildings, propylons and a stadium. In this lecture, the architectural experimentation and aesthetic fluidity characteristic of the Hekatomnid building programme will be explored by highlighting various architectural principles that developed at Labraunda and were later used in other building projects such as the famous Maussolleion at Halikarnassos and the Temple of Athena Polias at Priene. With its great influence on later Hellenistic architecture, the Hekatomnid building programme can truly be said to mark a new era in the history of architecture.


Institut für Klassische Archäologie


Marion Meyer
Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Klassische Archäologie