Teos Antik Kenti, Seferihisar

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  • We stopped at Teos to break our journey to Alaçatı and Çeşme, and it was a lovely stroll through atmospheric grounds, but there was not much to see. Some of the ruins were fenced off as it is an...  more »
  • Visited the Roman ruins at the top of the hill near our resort Club Atlantis and was amazed at the history of the site. In the will of Attalos 111 he left this area to Rome and it was developed for...  more »
  • EN HISTORY OF RESEARCH: Teos, one of the twelve lonian cities, was studied by the English Society of Dilettanti in 1764/65,, and 1862, by the French in 1924/25 and later, between 1962 and 1967, by Yusuf Boysal and Baki Ögün, members of Ankara University. Between 1980 and 1992 architect Duran Mustafa Uz, conducted limited soundings in the sacred area of Dionysus temple and the Archaic temple., Numan Tuna of the Middle East Technical University also carried out short field-surveys between 1993 and 1996. Since 2010, Musa Kadioğlu from the University of Ankara, Faculty of Letters, Classical Archaeology Department, has been conducting excavation and restoration within the city. HISTORY OF THE CITY The ancient sources, Strabo and Pausanias state that the city was founded by Athamas at first. That is probably the reason why it was named as Athamantis by famous lyric poet Anacreon. According to the mythical narration of the lonian colonization the city was initially founded by Naoclos, the illegitimate son of Codros and later by the Athenians Apoicos and Damasos, and the Boeotian Geres. Archaeological foundings from the excavations prove that the city had settled from the Protogeometric Period (c. 1000 B.C) . Around 600 B.C. Thales of Miletus proposed that Teos should be the central city of the twelve lonian cities, because of its location within the district. But his proposal was not accepted. The influence of the city due to its significant trade relations extended to Egypt. Teos played a role in the city of Naucratis in the Nile delta. The city was conquered by the Persian commander Harpagos, like the other lonian cities, around 545 B.C. According to Herodotus, thereupon many citizens of Teos sailed to Thrace and they founded there the city of Abdera, the best known Teian colony. In addition, Teians founded the city of Phanagoria on the Taman Peninsula home city. In the battle of Lade in 494 B.C. Teians were able to contribute seventeen ships. The early prosperity was quickly regained, and in the first Delian Confederacy Teos could pay six talents, a figure which places her among the richest of the lonian cities. the northern Black Sea, around 543 B.C. Many of the colonists, however, soon returned to their After the Peace of Antalcidas between Greeks and Persians in 387/386 B.C. , Teos was taken control by Persians. In 334, Alexander the Great has restored the city to freedom. In the year 304 B.C. the whole of lonia was shaken by an earthquake. Perhaps as a result of this calamity, Antigonus proposed to transfer all the population of Lebedos to Teos and join the two cities into one. His elaborate plans for this 'synoecism', which were never put into action, have been preserved in a long inscription found at Seferihisar. In 281 B.C., the city came under the Seleucian Kingdom domination. The Dionysus Temple has got privileges and rights and enforced the importance of the city. At this time, according to decree about pirates attack to the city; the citizens were obligated to give 10 % of their assets to pirates. Under the administration of Attalos I, Teos was incorporated into the Pergamene Kingdom. With the will of Attalos III, who left his territories to Rome, Teos became subject of Rome. When the Roman Province of Asia was established in 129 B.C. the city became a part of this new administration. The architectural remains clearly show that the importance of Teos continued in the Roman period. The principal god of Teos was Dionysus and the great sanctity of this god increased the dignity of the city. Teos was chosen as the residence of the Asiatic branch of the Artists of Dionysus in the 2nd half of the 3. Cent. B.C., and its territory was recognized as sacred and inviolable. These artists were members of a professional guild of actors and musicians which supplied paid performers at the dramatic and musical festivals held all over the Greek world. Because they were seen as disruptive these artists were deported to Ephesos (Selçuk), later to Myonnessos (Doğanbey) and finaly to Lebedos (Ürkmez). The famous poets Anacreon, Antima
  • Excavation still on going. Needs some more restoration. Best view is at Akropolis. You can have 360 degree sight. Olive trees are awesome!!! Some of them dates back to 10th century which is a history itself. Only thing that i couldnt understand was there were few private properties inside museum that is both funny and sad.
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