Bouleuterion at Patara

An article about this building's discovery from the New York Times

This is the parliment building where the elected representatives of the Lycian League met.  Larger than the average bouleuterion, it is still partially buried in sand, but we can see the seating arrangement which looks like a standard theatre and seated about 1,000 people.  Statues were once erected here (there are traces of the statue's feet left on the bases), donated from the cities of Lycia and Pamphylia when the two were a joined Roman province.

The date of the building's construction goes back to the Hellenistic Age, however, the form we see today is from the Roman period.  A famous Lycian architect, Dionysus, built a roof for the building during the 2nd century AD and is praised for it on his tomb inscription.

Like those found at the bouleuterion of Arycanda, voting pieces made of fired clay may have been used, the number of holes piercing them indicated "yes", "no" and "abstain".

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