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Greek Architectural Terracottas from the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic : Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology - Nancy A. Winter

Greek Architectural Terracottas from the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic

Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology

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Ancient Greek buildings were renowned for their terracotta roofs, an invention which may have first occurred in prehistoric times and been rediscovered in the seventh century BC. This is the first book to look in detail at the complex variations in tile shape, technical features, and decorative motifs which occurs across Greece, particularly during the Archaic period. Inscriptions refer to Corinthian and Spartan tiles, and two different types of tiles characterizing the roofs of Corinth and Sparta confirm these nomenclatures. A careful analysis of the preserved elements or roofs found in each major city or district, however, reveals considerably more variation, and shows that there were regional styles which distinguished the roofs of north-western Greece. Arcadia, the Argolid, Central Greece, Attica, and the Aegean islands as well. The importance of this new work is not only that it brings a fresh approach to the topic, revealing the regional styles of roofs as of pottery and sculpture, but also that it shows exactly how ancient roofs were assembled, by providing detailed drawings of several characteristic roofs for each regional system. The book is illustrated with numerous photographs, figures, and maps. It should be invaluable for excavators, surveyors, and architectural historians.

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`What W. has done is to synthesize the material, add the results of her own significant researches and offer a magisterial presentation of the subject. She provides a full-dress treatment of those important architectural elements and is on top of her material ... The whole study is a tribute to W.'s patience, her painstaking and detailed observation, her neat discrimination and her broad vision.' The Classical Review

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of Platesp. xviii
Abbreviationsp. xxix
Glossaryp. xxxv
Introductionp. 1
Prehistoric Greek Roof Tilesp. 8
Conclusionsp. 11
The Protocorinthian Systemp. 12
The Corinthian Systemp. 19
The Laconian Systemp. 95
The North-Western Greek Systemp. 110
The Arcadian Systemp. 134
The Argive Systemsp. 149
The Central Greek Systemp. 188
The Attic Systemp. 204
p. 233
The Western Greek Systemsp. 273
Technical Discussionp. 304
Conclusionsp. 309
Ancient Sourcesp. 315
Museum Concordancep. 316
Indexp. 324
Platesp. 361
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ISBN: 9780198147947
ISBN-10: 0198147945
Series: Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 13th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 19.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.04