The Urban Change and Transformation of the Theater and its Surroundings in the light of the Side Dionysos (?) Temple

Soykal-Alanyali F.

OLBA, vol.24, pp.419-450, 2016 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: OLBA
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.419-450
  • Keywords: Pamphylia, Side, Temple of Dionysos, Theater, the wall of Attius Philippus, urbanism, urban transformation
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The Dionysos (?) Temple in Side was uncovered by excavations and research undertaken by Arif Mufid Mansel in the 1940s and 50s. Mansel, through an examination of architectural elements suggested the temple to have been built in early Imperial period; repaired in 2nd /3rd cent. AD and used during the Byzantine period. During the excavation work done by Ulku Izmirligil around the Agora between the years 1999-2004, some architectural blocks were found. Mustafa Buyukkolanci thought that these blocks also belonged to the temple and carried them to the site, and accepting Mansel's views without questioning them, used these blocks in an arrangement over the temple. When I started my work on the temple, it was already obvious that the building had a long historical usage and had been both an active and a passive part in the civic transformation and development of the city around the theater. Stratigraphic excavation have provided new and important evidence and five building phases have been discovered.