Archaeological investigations by the Institute of Classical Archaeology that examine a unique collection of Greek funerary monuments from the Black Sea.
Chersonesan Studies 1 presents the painted grave stelai of the Early Hellenistic necropolis of Chersonesos Taurike, a Greek city on the northern shore of the Black Sea. This unique collection of over one hundred objects is of major interest to students of ancient art and Greek culture. Their polychrome decoration has been extraordinarily well preserved, a rarity in the ancient world. They compose a remarkable, even unique, body of evidence of Greek funerary memorial sculpture: their shapes are gender-specific, their depicted objects are gender- and age-specific, and they can be ascribed to a handful of specific workshops. Their surprising uniformity requires an explanation, since comparable assemblages from other parts of the Greek world show substantial diversity in all these aspects.
This book provides the first complete catalog and description of the stelai, together with full-color illustrations of all the significant stelai and many details. Through his painstaking recovery and reassembling of fragments, as well as the use of advanced photographic techniques, Richard Posamentir has been able to add a whole new dimension to the study of these artifacts. The volume covers the history of the stelai, analysis of the workshops, and reconstruction of the necropolis that the stelai originally graced. A comparison chapter discusses how the stelai fit into the context of Greek funerary art and provides insights into the culture and society of a city on the Black Sea.
- Series Foreword (Joseph Coleman Carter)
- I. The Polychrome Grave Stelai from the Early Hellenistic Necropolis (Richard Posamentir)
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Catalog of Stelai
- 3. Shape and Object Analysis
- 4. Painting
- 5. Grave Stelai Found in the Tower of Zeno
- 6. Grave Stelai found outside the Tower of Zeno
- 7. Dating of the Stelai from the Tower of Zeno
- 8. Crownings, Bases, Naiskoi, and Anthropomorphic Stones
- 9. Location and Appearance of the Necropolis in the Hellenistic Period
- 10. Comparisons with Other Funerary Stelai
- 11. Conclusion: The Necropolis, its Destruction, and the Tower of Zeno
- II. Specialist Studies
- 12. Analysis of the Inscriptions: The People of the Citadel Necropolis (Paula Perlman)
- 13. Pigment Analysis (John Twilley)