Toward a Levantine Koine: Ties between Hellenistic Terracottas from Coele Syria and Cyprus

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas
Author: Adi Erlich

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Abstract

Ties between Cyprus and Coele Syria are evident from the earliest periods of human history. During the Hellenistic period, the Levantine terracottas were for the most part koine types, with some local characteristics. Cyprus and Coele Syria share common features in their coroplastic production, such as reoccurring types, unique types and a Ptolemaic influence. The terracottas from the region convey transformations of general Hellenistic ideas to local values and beliefs. The terracottas that compose the Levantine koine are the result of a cultural choice rather than commerce or political borders. The terracotta figurines are not mere goods but are signs of culture and identity.

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