Hagiasma of Myndos

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Metehan İhtiyar



Ancient Myndos is one of the important coastal settlement in Caria region. The Hagiasma which is subject of this thesis located in the entrance of the ancient Harbor. In the first part of this thesis, the summary of three excavation seasons have been performed. In the second part of the study, the pit of Hagiasma and the rooms located on the Floor with Mosaics in the Harbor Structure have been evaluated in terms of architecture and demonstrated with outlines. In the third part of this study, Hagiasmas and their examples in Anatolia are explained to understand better the Hagiasma of Myndos which is located within the structure complex and gives its name to the area. Thereby, Myndos Hagiasma have been catagorised typologicaly and analogicaly in the light of Anatolian Hagiasmas. The final part is a catalog study. In this chapter, archaeological finds which were unearthed during the excavations are dated by sequencing. The mosaics of Kos, Torba, Sardes and Myndos harbor Mosaics belong to same repertoire in terms of motif and style. These mosaics, which have the similar labours with Harbor Mosaic in Myndos, can be dated to the late 5th century and the early 6th century A.D. This case also sheds light on the history of Myndos Hagiasma. It is possible to say that the Port Complex is a structure that serves as a sacred purpose. Due to the presence of a crucifix in several marble slabs, the well, located in the back room, should be built as a Hagiasma. Even if excavations is not completed in this area, we think that harbor structure was built as a hagiasma.