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132 pages

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Published Jun 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784918736

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club; Hercules; hero cult; hypogeum; portico; Pola; sacrificial pit; sanctuary; temple; water source; well

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 40

Hercules’ Sanctuary in the Quarter of St Theodore, Pula

By Alka Starac

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This book deals with many aspects of the Roman sanctuary erected at the spring in Pula, Croatia, as well as with objects of cult dated to the Hellenistic period. A hypothetical reconstruction of the Roman sanctuary is presented followed by calculations of construction costs.



Chapter 1: Introduction ;

Chapter 2: The Late Republican sanctuary – The Hercules sanctuary area before the foundation of the Roman colony ;

Chapter 3: Hercules, hero and protector of the source – Sacrificial offerings at the time of the construction of the sanctuary ;

Chapter 4: Plan of the sanctuary of Hercules – Models and interpretation ;

Chapter 5: Architectural decoration ;
Introduction ;
I. Architectural elements found in the archaeological excavations in the St Theodore Quarter in Kandler street (Block XVI, Location XI) 2005-2009 ;
II. Architectural elements from the Roman collection of the Archaeological Museum of Istria found before 2005 ;

Chapter 6: Construction of Hercules’ sanctuary – Economical aspects, import of amphorae and senatorial dynasties ;


About the Author

Alka Starac has worked in the fields of Roman archaeology, epigraphy, history and economy since defending her PhD dissertation Roman rule in Histria and Liburnia’in 1996 at the University of Zagreb. She has published more than eighty scholarly papers in international archaeological publications, ten monographs (either as author or editor) and has worked on several archaeological exhibitions dealing with Roman Istria.