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The display of hekatomnid power in karian settlements through urban imagery

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2007
Üzel, Ayça
This thesis focuses on a distinctive period in Karian history marked by the Hekatomnid dynasty in the 4th century BC. The basic question is the ways in which the Hekatomnid power was reflected in the Karian settlement practices and urban imagery. In this regard Maussollos, the most well-known member of the Hekatomnid dynasty, and his policies, including vast building projects and synoikismoi activities, are important indicators in giving a hint on Karian political praxis for the solution of conjectural problems arising from Karia’s being ‘in-between’ Greece and Persia. On the other hand, it is suggested that these particular Hekatomnid power practices are displayed in the urban imagery, where ‘scenographic planning’ is observed to have been applied deliberately with this purpose, particularly in the Maussollan capital, Halikarnassos. Correspondingly, the Maussolleion is considered as the utmost level of Hekatomnid power display through the urban imagery founded by the scenographic planning in Halikarnassos.