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H 245 x W 175 mm

214 pages

98 colour figures

Published Jul 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692389

Digital: 9781789692396

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epigraphy, Latin and Greek; Italian sigillata; Eastern sigillata; Roman empire; Greek East; Crete; Aptera; theater, Greco-Roman

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Stamps on Terra Sigillata Found in Excavations of the Theatre of Aptera

By Martha W. Baldwin Bowsky

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Aptera yields more stamped fragments of terra sigillata than any other Cretan city, including Knossos. This book presents stamped fragments of Italian and eastern sigillata found in excavations of the Theatre of Aptera and examines Crete’s strategic position amid crossroads of transit and exchange as well as integration into the Roman economy.



Analysis of the material
1. Which potters supplied the theatre of Aptera and its environs?
2. Where were the potters who supplied the theatre of Aptera and its environs active?
3. When were these potters active and therefore what production centres supplied the theatre of Aptera and its area, over time?
4. What distribution patterns might have brought Italian sigillata to the theatre of Aptera and its environs?
5. How was Italian Sigillata consumed at and around the theatre of Aptera?
Appendix 1: Stamps from Aptera’s theatre already published
Appendix 2: Potters attested from Aptera’s theatre
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About the Author

Martha W. Baldwin Bowsky is a Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, retired from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California; she now lives and pursues research from a base in High Point, North Carolina.


'Issues with this work are few…  a testament to the thorough and precise research of Baldwin Bowsky. […] The publication of the stamped sigillata from Aptera expands this knowledge, especially for the role played by the city in trade networks both on and off the island.'