The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 83.4. Topics in this issue include a detailed report on the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project and the ash altar in its upper sanctuary, a study of the chronological development of sacrificial scenes on 5th-century Athenian vases, the fortification walls of Alinda in Karia, and a coin hoard found within a thesauros in the Asklepieion at Corinth.
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Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, Part 1: The Upper Sanctuary, by David G. Romano and Mary E. Voyatzis, presents the results of the various archaeological investigations conducted at the Peloponnesian Sanctuary of Zeus from 2006 to 2014. The chronological limits of the ash altar are discussed, as are the ceramics, small finds (including miniature bronze tripods and a rock-crystal seal), bones, coins, tile, and archaeobotanical remains found within it. The finds speak for a continuity of cult practice at the altar from the Late Helladic through the Late Classical period.
Selling Sacrifice on Classical Athenian Vases, by Sheramy D. Bundrick, examines the development of sacrificial imagery on Athenian vases, and finds that while procession scenes were popular during the Late Archaic period, they became less so during the Classical period, while the number of pre- and post-kill sacrificial scenes increased. The author considers the implications of this change in imagery for our understanding of sociohistorical developments in Athens over the course of the 5th century B.C. Three appendixes detail the chronological distribution of the different types of scenes.
Alinda in Karia: The Fortifications, by Andreas L. Konecny and Peter Ruggendorfer, analyzes the masonry styles of the 4th-century B.C. walls and towers surrounding the three areas of ancient Alinda—the asty, the area enclosed by the intermediate fortification, and the citadel—and proposes that the original plan was reformulated so that the final design excluded the citadel, even though the walls for the citadel had already been built. The reason and timing for this reformulation are discussed.
Religion and Society in Early Roman Corinth: A Forgotten Coin Hoard and the Sanctuary of Aklepios, by Milena Melfi, discusses the dating and the historical context of the coin deposit IGCH 353, which was found within a thesauros in the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Corinth. The author also considers the social identity of the people who may have deposited the coins, most likely during the early colonial years of Corinth, and the reasons why the thesauros went out of use by the Augustan period.
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