Pottery production chiefly took place in the eastern part of town, originally called the Potter’s Quarter by us, but these days more generally denoted as the Eastern Suburbiumbecause of the presence of – besides pottery production – a wide range of artisanal activities, funerary activities, habitation and waste disposal. The community at Sagalassos – both elite and non-elite – made good use of the opportunities offered by the Roman Empire, and the city quickly became the first city of Pisidia.
Urban expansion and building activities continued well until the reign of Nero. It again reached new heights under the reign of Hadrian when a veritable ‘building boom’ ensued, including the Neon library, the Hadrianic nymphaeum, the Temple of Apollo Klarios and most notably the massive Roman Baths. Under the rule of Marcus Aurelius, the Baths were completed, as well as the Macellum situated between the Lower and Upper Agora. It is possible that the construction of the impressive theatre was initiated at this time as well. The elaboration of the urban infrastructure of Sagalassos would continue well into the 3rd century CE. In the early 4th century CE, the administration of the Roman Empire was re-organized and Sagalassos lost its leading role in the area to Pisidian Antioch. Still, this did not noticeably hinder the continued urban development and maintenance of the town