Terracotta Figurines of Hellenistic Arsinoe and Environs

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas

Abstract

The paper aims to present developments in archaeological research in the area of Polis Chrysochous, in north-western Cyprus, resulting from excavations carried out by the Department of Antiquities over the last decade. Recent investigations, both within the ancient city, which lies under the modern town of Polis, and the surrounding countryside, have brought to light a number of sanctuaries, either newly founded in the Hellenistic period, or showing continuous use from Archaic to Hellenistic times. Finds from these sanctuaries are indicative of the developments that took place in cultic practice, iconography and techniques of terracotta production in this area through time down to the period of Ptolemaic rule. Figurine groups include iconographical types that follow old traditions, as well as a variety of imported Greek models, thus allowing some suggestions regarding the adoption of Greek deities in local worship, as well as the possible existence of different workshops in the city and its periphery.

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