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Delphes

Centenaire de la "grande fouille" réalisée par l'École Française d'Athènes (1892-1903). Actes du Colloque Paul Perdrizet, Strasbourg, 6-7 novembre 1991

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Edited by Bommelaer

On traite des recherches en cours, surtout grecques et françaises, en réservant à l'Ecole Française d'Athènes (guides 1991 et colloque 1992) le bilan d'un siècle de présence continue sur le site de Delphes.
La plastique (monuments de Marmaria et fouilles de Kirrha), l'épigraphie et la numismatique sont présentes. Mais l'architecture occupe une plus grande place, par des propositions sur certains des monuments les plus connus (Temple d'Apollon, Tholos, Théâtre), par l'étude de séries jusqu'à present négligées (trésors de poros, chapiteaux impériaux, etc.), ainsi que par des méthodes et théories nouvelles. Une attention particulière est portée aux problèmes d'environnement, de topographie et de typologie de l'occupation, ce qui permet notamment de renouveler la question des origines.

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Edited by Francesco de Angelis

Despite the crucial role played by both law and architecture in ancient Rome, the Romans never developed a type of building that was specifically and exclusively reserved for the administration of justice: courthouses did not exist in Roman antiquity. The present volume addresses this apparent paradox by investigating the spatial settings of Roman judicial practices from a variety of perspectives. Scholars of law, topography, architecture, political history, and literature concur in putting Roman judicature back into its concrete physical context, exploring how the exercise of law interacted with the environment in which it took place, and how the spaces charactarized by this interaction were perceived by the ancients themselves. The result is a fresh view on a key aspect of Roman culture.

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Palagia

This is the only comprehensive account of the Parthenon pediments in English and the first in any language since 1963. It serves as an up-to-date introduction to their study and includes new proposals for the restoration and interpretation of their composition. Debate on the Parthenon pediments has concentrated on the interpretation of individual figures, the restoration of the missing parts and the question of Roman repairs. The present study is based on autopsy and considers the evidence of technical details. It questions the attribution of certain familiar pieces and offers new suggestions for restoring the east pediment. All sculptures are illustrated, some with photographs taken especially for this book, and there are new drawings of the restorations proposed by the author. Chapter 1 is a general introduction to the study of the pediments. It includes an assessment of the documentation and a summary of stylistic and technical characteristics of the sculptures. Chapters 2 and 3 treat each pediment separately. The discussion of individual sculptures is incorporated in a continuous narrative which sets them within the context of the overall composition.

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Alla Romancuk

The book is the first in a Western European language to present the results of the excavation of Byzantine Cherson (7th-14th centuries) in the Crimea. It offers a comprehensive study of the topography of the city, its material culture, everyday life, architecture, craft production, and religious beliefs. Taking all archaeological, written and other evidence into account, it places Cherson within the overall history of the Byzantine Empire, its periphery and Black Sea-Mediterranean trade.

Energeia

Studies on Ancient History and Epigraphy presented to H.W. Pleket

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Johan Strubbe

Strubbe, J.H.M. (ed.) Energeia. Studies on Ancient History and Epigraphy presented to H.W. Pleket. 1996
Contents: EBERT, J.: Neue griechische historische Epigramme. GARNSEY, P.: Prolegomenon to a Study of the Land in the Later Roman Empire. HARRIS, W.V.: Writing and Literacy in the Archaic Greek City. HERRMANN, P.: Milet unter Augustus. Erkentnisse aus einem Inschriften-Neufund. KLOFT, H.: Überlegungen zum Luxus in der frühen römischen Kaiserzeit. KOLB, F.: Stadt und Land im antiken Kleinasien: der Testfall Kyaneai. MIGEOTTE, L.: Les finances des cités grecques au-delà du primitivisme et du modernisme. PETZL, G.: Vom Wert alter Inschriftenkopien.
DMAHA 16 (1996), 198 p. + 2 pocket maps. Cloth. - 40.00 EURO, ISBN: 9050634265

Editor-in-Chief John M. Fossey

McGill University Monographs in Classical Archaeology and History is a series intended for the publication of monographs in the fields of Greek and Roman Archaeology. It may also include monographs concerning Greek and Roman History when they present results acquired directly and not just incidentally from archaeological fieldwork. The keynote of the series is thus archaeological field research, both excavation and topographical study. The series may also house studies in Greek and Latin Epigraphy since many of the additions in these fields come from the results of archaeological fieldwork.

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Müller

The cycle of frescoes from the oecus or banqueting hall in the Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor in Boscoreale is generally interpreted as a portrait gallery of a Hellenistic dynasty. The iconological study presented in this volume offers historical and art-historical arguments against this supposition. On the basis of a meticulous iconographic analysis, the author arrives at an entirely new interpreta-tion. He demonstrates that the individual panels of which the fresco cycle is composed are not unica, as was hitherto assumed, but that they belong to an iconographical tradition which has left traces elsewhere in ancient art. On the basis of this new interpretation, the author comes to the conclusion that the fresco cycle from the Villa of Fannius was intended as an eloquent testimony to the cultural aspirations of a well-to-do Roman from the middle of the first century B.C.

Greek Pottery from the Iberian Peninsula

Archaic and Classical Periods

Adolfo Domínguez and Carmen Sánchez

Edited by G.R. Tsetskhladze

Excavations on the Iberian Peninsula yield more and more Archaic and Classical Greek material every year. This is the first book to be published in English that discusses Archaic and Classical Greek pottery found in that area. The volume provides elaborate and up-to-date information.
The first chapter (by A. Domínguez) is dedicated to Archaic pottery and covers the whole Peninsula; the second (by C. Sánchez) covers the Classical period, mainly based on the study of Attic pottery from Eastern Andalusia. Both chapters contain a catalogue with many illustrations. Not just finds are listed, but distribution and shape studies are included, as well as a discussion of how the local Iberian population viewed Attic painted pottery.
The final chapter gives a general overview of trade, based upon the information presented in the previous chapters.

The Mills-Bakeries of Ostia

Description and Interpretation

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Edited by Jan Theo Bakker

The ruins of Ostia, main harbour of Imperial Rome, were uncovered in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. In the present volume the remains of three buildings used for the milling of grain and baking of bread (pistrina) are studied according to modern archaeological standards. A detailed analysis of the architecture and masonry allows a description of the installation and vicissitudes of the pistrina. Subsequently the distribution of these buildings in the city and their place in the neighbourhood is studied. The technical achievement of the Ostian bakers is assessed. Although water-power was sometimes used in Roman grain-mills, this was not the case in Ostia. This in turn affects estimates of the output of the pistrina. Nevertheless the amount of bread that was produced must have been considerably higher than that in Pompeii, where many small bakeries have been preserved. No remains of bakeries have ever been found in Rome or Constantinople, but it may be assumed that the average bakery in these cities did not differ much from the Ostian workshops. Involvement of the fisc with the Ostian bakers has already been suggested by Bakker in Living and Working with the Gods. The role of the Emperor is dealt with in this volume once more. The Ostian corpus pistorum presumably fed Imperial slaves and the local fire-brigade. There are good reasons to assume that Ostia, like Rome, knew distributions of free grain.

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Michel Kazanski and Vanessa Soupault

The volume is devoted to the archaeological finds of late Roman and early Mediaeval periods in the northern Black Sea littoral and eastern Pontus. This collection of articles discusses the relationship between West and East, North and South in Roman and Mediaeval times. Most of the articles offer analysis of archaeological finds and sites in the Crimea studies in recent years. This book is richly illustrated.