The Italic People of Ancient Apulia

The Italic People of Ancient Apulia : New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs

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The focus of this book is on the Italic people of Apulia during the fourth century BC, when Italic culture seems to have reached its peak of affluence. Scholars have largely ignored these people and the region they inhabited. During the past several decades archaeologists have made significant progress in revealing the cultures of Apulia through excavations of habitation sites and un-plundered tombs, often published in Italian journals. This book makes the broad range of recent scholarship - from new excavations and contexts to archaeometric testing of production hypotheses to archaeological evidence for reconsidering painter attributions - available to English-speaking audiences. In it thirteen scholars from Italy, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Australia present targeted essays on aspects of the cultures of the Italic people of Apulia during the fourth century BC and the surrounding decades.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 95 b/w illus. 12 maps
  • 1139990381
  • 9781139990387

About T. H. Carpenter

T. H. Carpenter is Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Classics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and South Italian iconography. K. M. Lynch is Associate Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Cincinnati. She is author of The Symposium in Context, which won the 2013 Wiseman Prize from the Archaeological Institute of America. She is a specialist in Athenian pottery and its export to the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. E. G. D. Robinson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. His fieldwork has been conducted in Puglia (I Fani, Alezio) and Basilicata (Tolve). His principal research interest is cross-cultural contact in South Italy.
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'This useful and authoritative volume ... provides much-needed context from archaeological evidence. A major contribution ...' C. King, Choice 'This book has a good thematic focus, and the short summaries at the beginning of each part are helpful. A wide range of different studies are presented, and the reader will learn much about Apulian red-figure pottery as well as gain further insights into Italic culture of the fourth century. A useful addition, particularly for a book focusing on vases, is an online site ( including illustrations found in the book (many in color) as well as many additional images.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Table of contents

Part I. General Introduction; Part II. Time and Place: History and Geography: 1. Pots, peoples, and places in fourth-century Apulia Alastair Small; 2. Iapygians: the indigenous populations of ancient Puglia in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE Mario Lombardo; Part III. Pottery Production: Red-Figure Workshops: 3. Production and functions of Apulian red-figure pottery in Taras: new contexts and problems of interpretation Didier Fontannaz; 4. Red-figure vases from Metapontion: the evidence from the necropoleis along the coast road Francesca Silvestrelli; 5. Hands working in Magna Graecia: the Amykos Painter and his workshop Martine Denoyelle; Part IV. Pottery in Context: Italic Sites: 6. Apulian and Lucanian pottery from coastal Peucetian contexts Ada Riccardi; 7. The diffusion of middle and late Apulian vases in Peucetian funerary contexts: a comparison of several necropoleis Angela Ciancio; 8. Red-figure vases from elite contexts in the city of Canusium, Apulia: a selection of images and repertoires of the first half of the fourth century BCE Marisa Corrente; 9. Apulian pottery in Messapian contexts Maria Teresa Giannotta; Part V. Pottery Interpreted: Approaches to Pottery Studies: 10. Native shapes in Southern Italian red-figure pottery Fabio Colivicchi; 11. Archeometric analysis of Apulian and Lucanian red-figure pottery E. G. D. Robinson; 12. A case for Greek tragedy in Italic settlements in the fourth century BCE T. H. Carpenter; Part VI. Pottery as Art: Collections: 13. Apulian and Lucanian red-figure pottery in eighteenth-century collections Maria Emilia Masci.
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