Roman Pottery: Fine-Ware Imports [Hardback]

John W. Hayes(Author)

ISBN: 9780876612323 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Athenian Agora | Volume: XXXII | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 386p, H12 x W9, 56 figs, 91pls, 2 plans
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Roman Pottery


Examples of Roman period red-gloss and red-slip pottery (terra sigillata) found during excavations in the Athenian Agora form the focus of this volume. These fine wares, like the other table wares of the first seven centuries A.D. discussed here, were all imported--a very different situation to earlier periods where Athens was known as a great ceramic-making center, and perhaps the result of mass destruction of potters' workshops during the Sullan sack of 86 B.C. While the image of a demolished pottery industry is tragic, the consequent conglomeration of fine-wares from many parts of the Roman empire in one city makes the Athenian Agora a tremendous source of comparanda for archaeologists working all round the Mediterranean. Written by the world's leading expert on Roman pottery, this huge catalogue illustrating and identifying multiple shapes and types of decoration will therefore be an essential reference book.

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"In addition to offering a solid presentation of the material from the Agora excavations, this book provides a useful and interesting tour dhorizon of the state of our knowledge of the more important export tablewares of the Roman Mediterranean.'"
J. Theodore Peña, University of California, Berkeley
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (April 2011)

"This volume will be used in association with Rotroffs works by all who investigate Athens and even more so by experts in ceramics.'"
George W.M. Harrison, Concordia University
AJA Online Book Reviews (January 2010)

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