Ancient Anatolia

This course consists of a three-part video, with commentary on archaeological finds over a 10,000-year-long period.
Part I: From the pre-neolithic to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic to the classic sites of Çatal Höyük, Hacilar, and the lesser-known but important Kosk Höyük. Female figurines and painted ceramics. Shown, limestone statuette circa 4200 bce. (54 minutes)

Part II: Bronze Age to Iron Age (3000 bce to 300 bce) Hittite empire. Sun goddess Wurusemu. The hasana wisewomen, patriarchal codes, and court repression of priestesses. Troy: magical spindle whorls and motherpot urns. The goddesses Kubaba and Shaushka at Karkemish. Rock-cut goddess shrines on mountainsides and beside waters. Matar Kubileya, the Phrydian Mother of the Mountain, also known as Kybele. The pillar goddesses: Artemis of Perge, Sardis, and Ephesos. Figurines in the foundation deposits at Ephesos and at Bayindir Tumulus D. Changes in the Ephesian temple. Coins depicting Artemis Ephesia, Hera Samion, Atargatis and other pillar goddesses. Black Diana. (43 minutes)
Part III: Classical and Hellenistic
Priestesses. Kybele enthroned with lions and drum, a goddess of ecstatic dance and chant in Nature. Amazon coins: Myrina, Smyrna, and the wolf-hooded Pontic women. Coins of Nemesis, and of the Erythraean sibyl Herophile. The colossal statues of Tykhe-Bakht at Commagene, and Medusa taken from Hellenic temples into the cistern at Hagia Sophia: spatial subordination and supercession by the christian regime. (22 minutes)

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Max Dashu

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