The Julian Basilica: Architecture, Sculpture, Epigraphy

by Paul D. Scotton, Catherine de Grazia Vanderpool, and Carolynn Roncaglia

Corinth XXII
520 pp, 186 b/w figs, 24 b/w pls, 16 color pls, 17 tables, 2 foldouts
9" x 12"
Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87661-023-7
Publication Date: May 2022
Status: Active

Retail Price $150


Early-20th-century explorations of the Roman Forum at Ancient Corinth revealed a massive early imperial building now known as the Julian Basilica. The structure stood on a podium over four meters high, and it dominated the east end of the forum in size, aspect, and function until its destruction in the 4th century A.D. Within it was one of the largest known shrines to the imperial cult and the likely site of the imperial court of law for the Roman province of Achaia. The basilica housed 11 or more large-scale statues most likely to members of the Julio-Claudian family (including Augustus, Augustus’s heirs Gaius and Lucius, and arguably Divus Iulius, Germanicus, Nero Caesar, and Claudius), as well as an altar to Divus Augustus and dedications to the genius Augusti, the gens Augusta, and other family members. This richly illustrated volume provides a thorough, contextual study of this important building, the remains of which were first published by Saul Weinberg in 1960 (Corinth I.5). Scotton treats the architectural remains, Vanderpool the sculptural remains, and Roncaglia the epigraphical material, each providing extensive catalogues with new photographs, in addition to color reconstructions of the basilica and its grand interior.

About the Author: Paul D. Scotton is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics at California State University, Long Beach, and Director of the Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project. Catherine de Grazia Vanderpool, whose research focuses on the Roman period in Corinth, served for many years as ASCSA Executive Vice President and President of the Gennadius Library. Carolynn Roncaglia is Assistant Professor of Classics at Santa Clara University.

"The book represents a milestone in the study of the Roman basilica in the East and will interest anyone working on Roman architecture, Greece under Rome, imperial portraiture, and cult." Ben Russell, AJA 127.3 (2023)

"This new volume on the Julian Basilica provides a rich array of data and thought-provoking discussions of Corinth's place in the new imperial machine of Rome." Dylan K. Rogers, Journal of Greek Archaeology 8 (2023)