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222 pages

30 figures, 23 tables, 42 plates (56 colour pages)

Published Jan 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789694024

Digital: 9781789694031

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Roman history; Late Antiquity; Byzantine; archaeology; Greece; Aegean; Delos; Turkey; Cilicia; eastern Mediterranean; ancient viticulture; wine press; trade; technology; agriculture

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Roman and Late Antique Wine Production in the Eastern Mediterranean

A Comparative Archaeological Study at Antiochia ad Cragum (Turkey) and Delos (Greece)

By Emlyn K. Dodd

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Wine was an ever-present commodity that permeated the Mediterranean throughout antiquity. This book analyses the viticulture of two settlements, Antiochia ad Cragum and Delos, using results stemming from surface survey and excavation to assess their potential integration within the now well-known agricultural boom of the 5th-7th centuries AD.



Part 1: Prolegomenon
Chapter 1: Wine Production in Antiquity ; 
1.1 General Introduction
1.2 An Ethnographic Approach
1.3 A Summary of the History of Research
1.4 A Summary of the Ancient Literature

Part 2: Antiochia ad Cragum
Chapter 2: Introduction and Dataset ; 
2.1 Introduction and Regional Context
2.2 Viticulture at Antiochia ad Cragum
2.3 Dataset

Chapter 3: Analyses and Discussion ; 
3.1 Wine or Oil Production?
3.2 Dating the Press and Production
3.3 Production at the Antiochia ad Cragum Press
3.4 Fermentation Processes
3.5 Types of Wine Produced – Passum?
3.6 Quantified Production
3.7 Religion and Wine at Antiochia ad Cragum
3.8 Conclusions

Part 3: Delos
Chapter 4: Introduction and Dataset ; 
4.1 Introduction and Historical Context
4.2 Viticulture on Delos
4.3 The Agora of the Italians Press (I.1) ; 
4.4 The Rue 5 ‘Large’ Press (I.2)
4.5 The House of Cleopatra Press (I.3)
4.6 Two Smaller Presses (I.4 and I.5)
4.7 The Theatre Press (I.6)

Chapter 5: Analysis and Discussion ; 
5.1 Wine or Oil Production?
5.2 Dating the Delian Installations
5.3 The Viticultural Process
5.4 Quantified Production on Delos
5.5 Viticulture Within Paleochristian Delos
5.6 Conclusions

Part 4: Comparative Analyses ; 
Chapter 6: A Comparative Approach
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Discussion

Epilogue ; 

Bibliography ; 

Part 5: Appendices
Appendix A: Annual Viticultural Process of the Geoponika
Appendix B: Treading Floor Capacities and Workforce
Appendix C: Delos Survey Maps

Part 6: Plates

About the Author

Emlyn K. Dodd is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University and Greece Fellow at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. He was recently the Macquarie-Gale British School at Rome Scholar. His research focuses on the viticulture of antiquity, primarily in Roman settlements of the eastern and central Mediterranean, and extends to cover agriculture and trade more broadly along with the mechanisms through which they occurred.


The volume is beautifully illustrated, with numerous high-quality photographs and other images... [It] also provides a comprehensive survey of ancient evidence and modern scholarship through exhaustive research and meticulous referencing in more than 1000 footnotes. The monograph makes an invaluable contribution to an important topic for late antiquity.
'In the end, with some 150 pages of detailed description, analysis and interpretation, accompanied by 30 figures and 42 plates — most of them in colour — this study is a rich source of information for anyone interested in wine production and press technology in the Late Roman, Late Antique and Byzantine Mediterranean, and a fine achievement by a promising young scholar in the field.'