Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Building [B6]: Hall of Benches of the Dionysiac Cowherds (II-IV CE) Pergamon - Mysia and the Troad


Pergamon (Mysia and the Troad, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II-IV CE
Wolfgang Radt, Pergamon: Geschichte und Bauten einer antiken Metropole (Darmstadt: Primus Verlag, 1999) 196-199 = Schwarzer 2002  = ID# 23618


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Relevant inscriptions on this site: IPergamonS 1-7.

Description: Located on a street leading down from the acropolis, the so-called Hall of Benches (Podiensaal) is a rectangular banqueting room measuring 24 m x 11 m (in its final stage). This was within a transformed peristyle house that was built in the second century BCE.  The building is oriented with the long side running east-west along the street, although it is set back behind a row of shops and workshops.  A small alley led through to the paved yard in front of the building. Across from the doorway is a cult niche and together these divide the interior into two banqueting rooms with three benches each (triclinia).  Each of the rooms consisted of a raised podium, or bench, 1 m high and 2 m wide, with a marble shelf set slightly lower in order to accommodate food and drink.  For a detailed description of the building phases, see Schwarzer 2002.

Translation by: Harland



Hall of Benches facing east-southeast. Photo by Harland.

Hall of Benches facing east-southeast.
Photo by Harland.

Building Pergamon Hall of Benches Reconstruction (Schwarzer 2008, figure 15)

Reconstruction (1:250) of phases 3-5 (ca. 1-225 CE) of the converted peristyle house with the Hall of Benches under the roof in the top portion.
Schwarzer 2008, 70 (figure 22). Reproduced with permission.

 

Plan of the Peristyle house (1:250) in phase 4 with the Hall of Benches (Podiensaal) seen at the top.Schwarzer 2008, 62 (figure 16). Reproduced with permission.

Plan of the Peristyle house (1:250) in phase 4 (ca. 100-150 CE) with the Hall of Benches (Podiensaal) seen at the top.
Schwarzer 2008, 62 (figure 16). Reproduced with permission.

 

Isometric drawing of phase 4 (1:250) of the peristyle house with the Hall of Benches.Schwarzer 2008, 63 (figure 17). Reproduced with permission.

Isometric drawing (1:250) of phase 4 (ca. 100-150 CE) of the peristyle house with the Hall of Benches in its shorter form.
Schwarzer 2008, 63 (figure 17). Reproduced with permission.

 

Reconstruction of the converted peristyle house (1:250) with the Hall of Benches under the roof in the top portion (phases 6-7, the final imperial stages). Schwarzer 2008, 70 (figure 22). Reproduced with permission.

Reconstruction of the converted peristyle house (1:250) with the Hall of Benches under the roof in the top portion (phases 6-7, the final imperial stages ca. 200-320 CE).
Schwarzer 2008, 70 (figure 22). Reproduced with permission.

 

Plan of the peristyle house with the Hall of Benches in phase 7 (the final imperial stage).Schwarzer 2008, 73 (figure 23). Reproduced with permission.

Plan of the peristyle house (1:250) with the Hall of Benches in phase 7 (the final imperial stage, ca. 300 CE).
Schwarzer 2008, 73 (figure 23). Reproduced with permission.

 

Reconstructed cross-section of the building in phase 7, with the Hall of Benches (Podiensaal) on the lower right.Schwarzer 2008, 74 (figure 24). Reproduced with permission.

Reconstructed cross-section of the building in phase 7 (ca. 300 CE), with the Hall of Benches (Podiensaal) on the lower right.
Schwarzer 2008, 74 (figure 24). Reproduced with permission.

Item added: March 10, 2016
Item modified: September 11, 2018
ID number: 23618
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