Keramik aus klassischen Kontexten im Apollon-Heiligtum von Ägina-Kolonna
During the late Archaic and Classical periods the island of Aegina was a very important centre in the central Aegean. Its power and prosperity resulted from the intense trade activities of its fleet in the Saronic Gulf and beyond up to the Black Sea, North-Africa and Italy. This volume presents pottery from find contexts of the Classical period excavated in the area of the “Kolonna-hill”, the acropolis of the island’s ancient capital. The contexts discussed here, contain imported pottery, such as from Attica, Corinth, Laconia, Eastern Greece and from the Northern Aegean, and numerous vessels of local origin. The main emphasis of this volume is the careful analysis of the local pottery-production that thus far was a neglected research topic. With the help of supplementary scientific analysis and the interpretation of written sources on pottery production at Aegina the picture of an important production centre of cooking pottery emerges. The production flourished in the Classical period and a wide range of shapes was developed and exported to distant regions. Beyond the study of stylistic developments of the pottery of this period and the interpretation of the contexts in terms of chronology and function, the pottery is also analysed within the context of the political and economic situation of Aegina during the Classical period regarding its position as an important trade power and rival of Athens.
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