April 24, 2021 @ 1:00 PM: Michael Hoff, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Antiochia ad Cragum in Rough Cilicia: Pirates, Romans, and More Pirates



Antiochia ad Cragum, located on the south Turkish coast in the ancient region of western Rough Cilicia, was founded by Antiochus IV of Commagene during the Julio-Claudian period. The site had previously served as one of the bases for the infamous “Cilician Pirates,” but Antiochus’ eponymously-named city was certainly less famous. Nevertheless, excavations since 2005 have revealed much of the inner workings of the small city, especially regarding relationships between Emperor and city. This lecture highlights the noteworthy discoveries at the site made since excavation began.


Professor Michael Hoff has been teaching art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1989. Hoff specializes in Greek and Roman archaeology in which his research focuses on the history of Roman Athens and on archaeology of Asia Minor. He has excavated in North Wales (Caernarvon) and Greece (Athenian Agora, Corinth, Kavousi, the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea). Hoff now conducts research in Turkey where from 1997 to 2004 he co-directed the architectural survey team of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project and since 2005 serves as Project Director of the Antiochia ad Cragum Excavations on the south coast of Turkey. Hoff has authored many articles in international journals and has co-edited several books: The Romanization of Athens (1998) and Rough Cilicia: New Historical and Archaeological Approaches (2013). He has lectured on his research at over 40 colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

The Denver Society of the Archaeological Institute of America