Lydia was an ancient civilization in the Anatolian Peninsula, and amongst other things, considered to have first used coinage. Dr. Andrew Ramage, an archaeologist & Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, joins the show to discuss this civilization.
Some topics explored
- When and where the civilization existed
- Their kings including the civilization’s last
- What’s known about their language
- Excavations that Dr. Ramage and a team performed in the ancient City of Sardis including their discoveries
- The civilization being known to have first used coinage
- Products that they manufactured
- What happened with their civilization
Listen to the episode
The episode is available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Professor Emeritus Ramage is a co-author, along with Nancy H. Ramage and R. Gül Gürtekin-Demir, of the book Ordinary Lydians at Home : The Lydian Trenches of the House of Bronzes and Pactolus Cliff at Sardis (Archaeological Exploration of Sardis and distributed by Harvard University Press, 2021) and is a co-author, along with Paul Craddock, of the book King Croesus’ Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining (Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, 2000, in association with The British Museum Press)
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