Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-xiii

List of Text Figures, Tables, and Charts

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p. xiv

List of Plates

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pp. xv-xix

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Editors’ Preface

Malcolm Bell III, Christopher Moss

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p. xx

Since their inception in 1955 the American excavations at Morgantina have brought to light a rich collection of late classical, Hellenistic, and early Roman pottery. These finds provide extensive documentation of the local and imported ceramic styles and forms favored in eastern Sicily over a period of more than three centuries, during which time Morgantina passed from Greek to Roman rule. Many discrete excavated contexts, in the form of floor deposits in houses and sanctuaries, cisterns, and sealed strata, contain valuable chronological, historical, and cultural...

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Preface

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pp. xxi-xxii

This volume has a long history. In the spring of 1978 I was asked by Professor William A. P. Childs of Princeton University to publish the Hellenistic pottery found at Morgantina. He directed my Princeton dissertation covering part of the material, and he remains my verehrte Lehrer. It was originally proposed that the Hellenistic and Roman pottery be published in one volume of Morgantina Studies, using Agora XII as a model. After my first summer at Morgantina, I realized that the amount...

Bibliography and Abbreviations

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pp. xxiii-2

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I. History and Archaeology of Morgantina

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pp. 3-80

The ancient city of Morgantina was an important regional center in southeastern central Sicily from the second half of the 4th into the late 1st century BCE, and then survived as a small village into the first half of the 1st century CE. Excavations at the site have recovered an enormous amount of pottery dated between ca. 350 BCE and ca. 50 CE. Given its location fifty miles from the east coast of the island, Morgantina was not exposed to the degree of foreign influence that a port would...

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II. The Later 4th and 3rd Centuries BCE

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pp. 81-138

The fills associated with the capture of Morgantina by the Romans in 211 BCE cast valuable light on the chronology of Hellenistic Sicilian tablewares. The destruction deposits at Gela (ca. 280 BCE) and a vast series of graves on Lipari (sacked by the Romans in 252 BCE, with most of the graves dated before that event and only a few after it), provide a picture of ceramic development on Sicily during the later 4th century and through the first half of the 3rd century. However, the deposits at...

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III. Republican Morgantina: Black- and Red-Gloss Wares after 211 BCE to ca. 35–25 BCE

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pp. 139-206

It is difficult to evaluate material culture at Morgantina in the years after the Roman sack of 211 BCE. The 2nd century is essentially a long blank in terms of fills, with only one very small deposit of ceramics (deposit IIA) from the first half of the century (probably datable to the end of the first quarter of the century).1 All the pottery in that deposit seems to have been imported to Morgantina; there is no evidence that any ceramics were made at the city during the first half of the 2nd...

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IV. Imported Early Italian Terra Sigillata and South Italian Regional Sigillatas

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pp. 207-228

The last settlement at Morgantina was small, with a population of fewer than a thousand inhabitants. Its commercial center was located in the northwest corner of the Agora (context IIIi), and its main domestic quarter was on the West Hill (contexts IIIA–IIIF). There is slight evidence that isolated buildings (probably farmhouses) may have dotted the Serra Orlando ridge outside the central inhabited area. The early imperial village succeeded the Republican city that was largely destroyed...

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V. Pottery with Moldmade Decoration

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pp. 229-290

Moldmade wares constitute a specialized category of fine pottery with decoration in relief. More than any other fine Hellenistic or early Roman ceramics, vases with moldmade relief decoration recall the appearance of contemporary vases in metal. This chapter examines the classes of vases that have moldmade ornament as their primary decoration. In addition, a brief section on appliqués presents the fragments of applied moldmade decoration that in most cases...

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VI. Thin-Walled Pottery

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pp. 291-304

Thin-walled vases make up a class of Republican and early imperial ceramics characterized primarily by sharply articulated, fragile forms.1 These wares seem to have been derived initially mainly from shapes current in the Late La Tène pottery of northern Italy and northern Europe, but they swiftly came under the influence of the southern Mediterranean “Hellenistic” tradition.2 They were essentially fine pottery, and their forms often are elegant, but they also have many similarities to utilitarian...

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VII. Catalogue

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pp. 305-407

Each catalogue entry begins with the catalogue number (in bold), followed by the Morgantina inventory number (two digits indicating the year when the piece was catalogued, followed by the piece’s number in that year’s sequence of catalogued objects). Findspot then follows on the same line, usually given by deposit or context number, and then reference to illustrations. The next line gives the measurements of the piece; all measurements are given in centimeters. Dimensions measured...

Appendix 1. The Evidence for Pottery Manufacture at Morgantina from the Later 4th Century BCE to the 1st Century CE

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pp. 408-415

Appendix 2. The Provenance of Ceramics at Morgantina from the 3rd Century BCE through the 1st Century CE as Defined by Portable EDXRF Analysis

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pp. 416-450

Appendix 3. Concordance of Shapes Found at Morgantina with Those Commonly Found in the Tombs of the 4th and the First Half of the 3rd Century BCE on Lipari

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pp. 451-457

Appendix 4. The Morgantina Silver Treasure

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pp. 458-461

Concordance of Inventory Numbers

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pp. 462-469

Subject Index

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pp. 470-483

Index of Deposits and Contexts

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pp. 484-485

Image Plates

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