Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ISAW Roman Pottery Reading Group: September 22

The 2011/2012 kick-off meeting of the ISAW Roman Pottery Reading Group is next Thursday, September 22 at 3:30. The topic is roughly "African pottery in the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity". As always, the readings don't cover the full range of what we could talk about:

  • Abadie-Reynal, C. 1989. “Céramique et commerce dans le bassin Égéen du IVe au VIIe siècle,” in V. Kravari, J. Lefort and C. Morrisson (edd.), Hommes et richesses dans l’Empire byzantin I. IVe-VIe siècle (Paris) 143-159.
  • Bonifay, M. 2005. “Observations sur la diffusion des céramiques africaines en Méditerrannée orientale durant l’Antiquité tardive,” in F. Baratte et al. (edd.), Mélanges Jean-Pierre Sodini (Travaux et Mémoires 15), 565-81.
  • Majcherek, G. 2004.  ‘‘Alexandria’s long-distance trade in Late Antiquity – the amphora evidence’’, in  ed. Jonas Eiring and John Lund (edd.), Transport Amphorae and Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. Acts of the International Colloquium at the Danish Institute at Athens, September 26–29, 2002, 229-237.
  • Bes, P.M. and J. Poblome. 2009. "African Red Slip Ware on the Move: the Effects of Bonifay’s Etudes for the Roman East," in: J.H. Humphrey (ed.): Studies on Roman Pottery from Africa Proconsularis and Byzacena (Tunisia). Hommage à Michel Bonifay (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Volume 76), 73-91. [An incomplete version of this available at:]
The Abadie-Reynal is a classic and always worth looking at. It's important to take account of Bonifay's work so the Bes and Poblome article does that. The Majcherek gives a site specific view on the question, while also addressing large-scale historical issues. Should be fun.