Bridge of the Untiring Sea: The Corinthian Isthmus from Prehistory to Late Antiquity [Paperback]

Elizabeth R. Gebhard (Editor); Timothy. E. Gregory (Editor)

ISBN: 9780876615485 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Hesperia Supplement | Volume: 48 | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 408p, H279 x W216 (mm) 140 b/w and 11 colour figs, 6 tables, 6 plans

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Bridge of the Untiring Sea


Pindar’s metaphor of the Isthmus as a bridge spanning two seas encapsulates the essence of the place and gives a fitting title for this volume of 17 essays on the history and archaeology of the area. The Isthmus, best known for the panhellenic Sanctuary of Poseidon, attracted travelers both before and after Pausanias’s visit in the 2nd century A.D., but only toward the end of the 19th century were the ruins investigated and, a half century later, finally systematically excavated. More recently, archaeologists have surveyed the territory beyond the sanctuary, compiling evidence for a varied picture of activity on the wider Isthmus and the eastern Corinthia. The essays in this book celebrate 55 years of research on the Isthmus and provide a comprehensive overview of the state of our knowledge. Topics include an Early Mycenaean habitation site at Kyras Vrysi; the settlement at Kalamianos; the Archaic Temple of Poseidon; domestic architecture of the Rachi settlement; dining vessels from the Sanctuary of Poseidon; the Temple Deposit at Isthmia and the dating of Archaic and Early Classical Greek coins; terracotta figurines from the Sanctuary of Poseidon; the Chigi Painter; arms from the age of Philip and Alexander at Broneer’s West Foundation on the road to Corinth; new sculptures from the Isthmian Palaimonion; an inscribed herm from the Gymnasium Area of Corinth; Roman baths at Isthmia and sanctuary baths in Greece; Roman buildings east of the Temple of Poseidon; patterns of settlement and land use on the Roman Isthmus; epigraphy, liturgy, and Imperial policy on the Justinianic Isthmus; and circular lamps in the Late Antique Peloponnese.

Reviews & Quotes

"...this book displays the necessity of interpreting archaeological survey material in conjunction with literary, epigraphic, and other archaeological evidence and, most importantly, highlights the poetential of connecting different approaches."
Francesca Ippolito
Journal of Greek Archaeology (14/11/2018)

"The scholarship and writing are exemplary throughout this well-illustrated volume… The articles are aimed at scholars but can offer the more general reader intriguing and authoritative glimpses into the material culture of Isthmia and a picture of the diverse results of archaeological exploration focused on a single region."
Susan I. Rotroff
Classical Outlook (14/11/2018)

"...a thoroughly accomplished volume that serves equally as an accessible introduction to, and an important marker for, work on the historic Isthmus and, by extension, current research trends in Greece."
David Michael Smith
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (28/03/2017)

"All in all, as high-quality scholarship and original research offering a panorama of Isthmian archaeology, the chapters form an essential reference for anyone interested in the history and archaeology of the region over the long term."
Yannis A. Lolos
Journal of Roman Archaeology (28/10/2019)

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