Elite benefaction in Roman Asia minur: the case of Plancia Magna in Perge

Kalınbayrak, Aygün
This thesis is an examination of the role of architectural benefaction of the local elite on the urbanization of the Greek cities of Asia Minor in the Roman Imperial period, and its impact on the social status of the benefactor. While providing a theoretical framework for the nature of benefaction in antiquity and the pattern of architectural renewal of the Anatolian cities under the Roman influence, the thesis focuses on a single case study; the Hellenistic City Gate of Perge which was restored by Plancia Magna during the reign of Hadrian. After its renovation, the gate became an indispensible part of the urban activities of Perge and a source of pride for both the city and its donor. Hence, this study constitutes an attempt to investigate the involvement of Plancia Magna’s architectural patronage within the Roman urbanization of Perge and also the transformation of the public persona of Plancia Magna in the center of the male-dominated Roman society.


Framing the invisible : section as a spatial frame for a reconsideration of architectural representation
Alkan, Alper Semih; Savaş Sargın, Ayşen; Department of Architecture (2004)
This thesis is a critical reconsideration of the relationship of architectural production with its أmodesؤ of representation. Historically, the representation of architecture has been signifying an interval where the displacement between the mental conception and its material expression has taken place. The group composed of plan, section and elevation is called أorthographic set,ؤ which has been accepted as a universal code in architecture since it is attributed with the basic premise of its being أobjecti...
Architectural elaboration of the "public" in the domestic architecture of late antique Anantolia : changes and transformations in the private setting
Çonkır, Esra; Özgenel, Lale; Department of History of Architecture (2005)
This thesis studies the continuity, change and transformation of the Roman domestic architecture in Asia Minor in late antiquity with reference to the social and political dynamics and the urban context of the period. The sample is chosen from the well-preserved and studied houses in Asia Minor, which provide considerable information and insight into the domestic context of the period. In the light of architectural evidence coming from these houses late antique domestic architecture is discussed with a spec...
The Birth Of An Aesthetic Discourse In Ottoman Architecture
Nalbantoğlu, Gülsüm (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 1988)
The sixteenth century was a time of impressive architectural careers both in the Ottoman Empire and in the Western world. In the West, the Renaissance culminated in the works of masters like Michelangelo and Palladio. In the Ottoman Empire, Sinan, the most widely known Ottoman architect, built the royal monuments of a prosperous age. It is obviously misleading to talk about the Renaissance as a homogenous entity since there were significant differences in the ways various cultures experienced the new artist...
Ayatar, Esra; Özgenel, Lale; Department of History of Architecture (2022-6)
This thesis examines the domestic architecture and the practices of daily life in the eastern extent of the Roman Empire. It documents the Roman period houses in their urban, social, cultural, and architectural contexts. The discussion is elaborated in reference to Antioch on the Orontes, Apamea on the Orontes, Zeugma, Palmyra, and Dura-Europos; all of which were in the Roman province of Syria. The study covers a time span between the Hellenistic period and the end of antiquity, roughly between 300 BC...
A comparative formal investigation of the bath-gymnasium complex plan type in roman asia minor as a reflection of romanization and urban renewal
Dinler, Oya; Güven, Suna Naziyet; Department of History of Architecture (2007)
This thesis investigates the formal aspects of the bath-gymnasium complex plan type which was developed in Asia Minor during the Roman era in relation to the development of the the imperial thermae in Rome, the capital city of the Roman Empire. Close resemblances in the architectural configuration of bath-gymnasium complexes and imperial thermae are analyzed in order to provide complementary insight concernin the evolution of Roman bath architecture and bathing tradition. The comparative investigation of th...
Citation Formats
A. Kalınbayrak, “Elite benefaction in Roman Asia minur: the case of Plancia Magna in Perge,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2011.