Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas


Edited by G. Papantoniou, D. Michaelides and M. Dikomitou-Eliadou, Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas is a collection of 29 chapters with an introduction presenting diverse and innovative approaches (archaeological, stylistic, iconographic, functional, contextual, digital, and physicochemical) in the study of ancient terracottas across the Mediterranean and the Near East, from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity. The 34 authors advocate collectively the significance of a holistic approach to the study of coroplastic art, which considers terracottas not simply as works of art but, most importantly, as integral components of ancient material culture. The volume will prove to be an invaluable companion to all those interested in ancient terracottas and their associated iconography and technology, as well as in ancient artefacts and classical archaeology in general.

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Giorgos Papantoniou, Ph.D. (2008), The University of Dublin, Trinity College, is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. He has published extensively on ancient Cypriot material culture history, landscape archaeology, ritual, cult, and iconography including Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos (Brill, 2012). He is the coordinator of the international network ‘Unlocking Sacred Landscapes’ (http://www.ucy.ac.cy/unsala/).
Demetrios Michaelides, Ph.D. (1981), University of London, is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. He has published widely on Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus, as well as on Mediterranean mosaics, their iconography and technique. He is Vice President of the Association Internationale pour l’Étude de la Mosaïque Αntique (AIEMA) and President Emeritus of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).
Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, Ph.D. (2012), University College London, is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Her research, interdisciplinary in nature, focuses on ceramic technology and production, its differing modes of organisation, ceramic distribution, as well as technological and cultural change, and how these can be identified, recorded and explained by modern archaeology.
"This collection of 29 essays by scholars expert in their areas of research is a major contribution to the study of terracotta artifacts. It covers a great variety of archaeological contexts—principally religious, domestic, and funerary—throughout the Mediterranean and ancient Near East from the Hellenistic to the late Roman period. (...) The contributors are multinational, and the book is well written and well illustrated." - J. Pollini, in: CHOICEconnect 57 (2019) 4
Preface and Acknowledgments
Note from the Series Editor
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors

Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas: An Introduction
Giorgos Papantoniou, Demetrios Michaelides and Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou

Part 1: Cyprus

1 Terracottas in a Domestic Context: The Case of the House of Orpheus in Nea Paphos, Cyprus
Giorgos Papantoniou, Demetrios Michaelides and Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou

2 Hellenistic Terracottas and Limestone Sculptures in Cypriot Sanctuaries: On the Search for Types and Votive Habits
Gabriele Koiner and Nicole Reitinger

3 The Terracottas from the Kitian Sanctuary of Artemis Paralia: A Snapshot
Pauline Maillard

4 Terracotta Figurines of Hellenistic Arsinoe and Environs
Eustathios Raptou

5 Hellenistic Terracottas: The Evidence from Ancient Arsinoe
Nancy Serwint

6 About Aphrodite and Eros at Amathous: Terracotta and Sculpture
Isabelle Tassignon

7 Underneath the Veil: Terracotta Figurines from the Amathous Eastern Necropolis
Elisavet Stefani

8 Contemplating Issues of Historical Continuity: The Case of the Figurines from Erimi-Bamboula, Cyprus
Polina Christofi

9 Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas in the Cypriot Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Contexts, Iconography, Meaning and Mediterranean Connections
Anja Ulbrich

Part 2: Greece and Asia Minor

10 Theriomorphic Figures in Hellenistic and Roman Arcadia: Nostalgia and Ritual
Erin Walcek Averett

11 Production of Terracotta Figurines in the Hellenistic Period at the Ancient City of Pherai, Thessaly
Argyroula Doulgeri-Intzesiloglou and Polyxeni Arachoviti

12 Some New Insights into the Materials Used for the Decoration of Hellenistic Terracotta Figurines in the Pherai Workshops, Greece
Eleni Asderaki-Tzoumerkioti, Manos Dionyssiou, Argyroula Doulgeri-Intzesiloglou and Polyxeni Arachoviti

13 A Group of Terracotta Ex-Voto Figurines from Amarynthos, Euboea: A Case Study in Sanctuary Deposition Practices
Constantina Benissi

14 Greek Terracotta Dolls: Between the Domestic and the Religious Sphere
Frauke Gutschke

15 Terracotta Veiled Women: A Symbol of Transition from Nymphe to Gyne
Nathalie Martin

16 The Soft Youth in Boeotian Coroplasty
Angele Rosenberg-Dimitracopoulou

17 “Visiting Gods” Revisited. Aphrodite Visiting Artemis, or Bride?
Arthur Muller

18 Aphrodite, Coming of Age and Marriage: Contextualisation and Reconsideration of the Nude Young Women Kneeling in a Shell
Stéphanie Huysecom-Haxhi

19 Terracottas from Pergamon’s Residential Area: Comments regarding Chronology and Relations to Other Sites
Sven Kielau

Part 3: Italy

20 Production and Consumption of Terracottas: A Case Study at Metapontion in Southern Italy
Rebecca Miller Ammerman

21 Coroplastics from the House of Marcus Fabius Rufus in Pompeii: Archaeological Artefacts from a Sacred Place
Alessandro Russo

22 Clay Togati (Men Wearing a Tunic and Holding a Scroll) from Harbour and River Towns: Some Hypotheses Regarding Their Occurrence and Meaning
Elena Martelli

Part 4: North Africa

23 Sacred and Funeral Terracotta Figurines in Africa Proconsularis, Numidia and Mauretania Caesariensis between the First and Third Centuries CE
Solenn de Larminat

24 Female Figurines in Roman Karanis: An Agentive Approach
Lara Weiss

Part 5: The Levant and Mesopotamia

25 From Alexandria to Tyros: The Egyptian Character of the Hellenistic Figurines from Kharayeb
Marianna Castiglione

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

27 The Case of the Persian Riders at Seleucid Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates: The Survival of Syrian Tradition in a Greek Settlement
Heather Jackson

28 A Look from the Outside: Mediterranean Influences on the Terracotta Figurines from Seleucia on the Tigris
Roberta Menegazzi

29 The Plaster Figurines of Khirbet es-Samrā Cemetery in Jordan
Abdalla Nabulsi

General Index
All interested in coroplastic iconography and technology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, especially in relation to Cyprus, Greece, Asia Minor, North Africa, Levant, Mesopotamia, and Italy.
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