The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Terracotta Sculpture

by Nancy Bookidis

Corinth XVIII.5
315 pp, 19 figs, 8 col and 126 b/w pls
9" x 12"
Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87661-185-2
Publication Date: Dec 2010
Status: Active

Retail Price $150


The fifth part of the Corinth volume dedicated to the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore publishes the large-scale terracotta sculpture found in the sanctuary. Extending from the late 7th through the 4th century B.C., the sculpture consists of fragments from 132 to as many as 147 statues, from half- to nearly life-size. These are, for the most part, statues of young males, both draped and nude, although females and seated infants appear as well. Several introductory chapters discuss the types represented, the findspots and possible original placement of the sculptures, and the techniques involved in their construction. The fragments are presented in 156 well-illustrated catalogue entries. This volume greatly expands our knowledge of the history of Corinth, broadening our understanding both of cult practices at the site and of the manufacture of terracotta sculpture.

About the Author: Nancy Bookidis is codirector of the excavations of the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.