The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Hesperia 80.3 Now Online

by Mark Landon

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 80.3. This issue contains articles on Bronze Age floral iconography, hero cult at Troy, domestic architecture in Archaic Crete, and the role of dance in the story of Theseus and the Labyrinth. Subscribers can read the issue online at JSTOR, which now hosts current issues of Hesperia as well as an archive of past volumes.

Crocuses in Context: A Diachronic Survey of the Crocus Motif in the Aegean Bronze Age, by Jo Day, is a comprehensive study of one of the most distinctive floral devices in Aegean art. In addition to a detailed review of the iconography of the crocus across a wide range of media, from frescoes and painted pottery to faience, jewelry, seals, and stone vessels, the article includes discussions of the flower itself; the practical uses of its derivative, saffron; and its possible religious and symbolic significance for the Minoans.

A Place of Burning: Hero or Ancestor Cult at Troy, by Carolyn Chabot Aslan, proposes a new interpretation of Archaic activity at the site of a Bronze Age cemetery outside the walls of Troy. Building on evidence first collected by Carl Blegen and his colleagues in the 1930s, and publishing in detail new material from the excavations conducted by the University of Tübingen in 2005–2006, the author argues for ritual feasting and cult activity in close proximity to the Bronze Age burials, and discusses the significance of such activity within a larger regional and historical context.

The Excavation of Archaic Houses At Azoria in 2005–2006, by Donald C. Haggis, Margaret S. Mook, Rodney D. Fitzsimons, C. Margeret Scarry, and Lynn M. Snyder, returns to the site of Azoria in eastern Crete for the second part of a report on the excavations of 2005–2006. The first part, published earlier this year in Hesperia 80.1, focused on the Archaic civic buildings. In this issue, the authors turn their attention to the houses, where well-preserved assemblages of pottery, stone tools, and floral and faunal remains provide valuable evidence for the organization and functions of domestic space, as well as for the nature of the household economy and the integration of private dwellings into the larger urban fabric.

Bild, Mythos, and Ritual: Choral Dance in Theseus’s Cretan Adventure on the François Vase, by Guy Hedreen, takes a new look at an old and familiar story, as represented on one of the most famous of Athenian vases. The depiction of Theseus as a dance-leader is the starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of the setting of the scene on the vase, the significance of dance in the story of the Cretan adventure itself, and the complex relationship between narrative, ritual, and art.

Current subscribers can view the issue online now or can read individual articles via the links above. The printed version will be mailed shortly. Access to the online edition is available through universities around the world. Individual subscribers receive password access to current issues and to an archive of over 40,000 pages of the journal hosted by JSTOR. Hesperia subscribers also receive complimentary online access to Hesperia Supplements, and Agora and Corinth volumes.

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