Ελληνιστικοί τροχήλατοι λύχνοι στην αρχαία αγορά της ΘεσσαλονίκηςPart of : Αρχαιολογικά ανάλεκτα εξ Αθηνών ; Vol.XXVIII, No.1-6, 1990, pages 235-254
Hellenistic wheel-made lamps in the ancient agora of Thessaloniki
In the period 1991-1995, 2,500 Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine lamps were discovered in the area of the ancient agora of Thessaloniki. Almost all the finds, which cover the Hellenistic phase of the site, from the end of the 4th to the beginning of the 1st c. BC, were assembled for the purposes of the present article, which represents a first approach to the subject.Of the total of 300 wheel-made lamps, 145 are intact or well-enough preserved to be classified. Only 25 are published inthe catalogue, though these provide a representative, characteristic example of this category of pottery.The majority of the wheel-made lamps from the ancient agora are representative examples of the known types from this period, though they naturally also have distinctive features associated with their place of origin.The earliest examples, which come mainly from the area of the main square (where the excavations have produced clear evidence of early habitation), belong to Attic types, and are probably imports.Most of the wheel-made lamps, however, are the product of local workshops, as is apparent from the colour of the fabric, the poor quality, dull, uneven glaze, and the particular way in which they were made.With regard to the establishment of a clear chronological context for the lamps the excavation evidence does not point to any certain conclusions, in the absence ofany sealed stratified groups.Their dating is therefore based mainly on their morphological features, and on comparison of the lamps with similar e- xamples from the area of Macedonia.I believe, however, that systematic study of the excavation records and the discovery of new finds will enable scholars to draw more certain conclusions as to the use of the area of the agora in the Hellenistic period.
ελληνιστική εποχή, Αγορά, Θεσσαλονίκη
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