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Lords of Asia Minor: An Introduction to the Lydians (Philippika)

by Annick Payne, Jorit Wintjes

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This admirably comprehensive introduction to the Lydians consists of six chapters treating history, archaeological excavations, language, inscriptions, culture (money, religion, burial customs), and a brief reception history. It seeks (p. 1) “to strike a balance between offering the latest, reasonably extensive references while at the same time keeping the text readable for a general audience.” Achieving this worthy but ambitious goal is a formidable challenge, due to the accelerating pace of scholarly publications and the notorious difficulty that scholars have in truly not taking too much for granted on the part of the general educated reader (I speak from hard personal experience). Reviewing this work is also a challenge, since study of Lydia and the Lydians is mostly the province of Hellenists and ancient historians, while the inscriptions and language fall within the purview of Anatolian linguists. Since I am one of the latter, my review unavoidably represents the viewpoint of a general reader towards the chapters on history, archaeology, and culture, but of an expert towards those on the language and inscriptions.

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