East of the Theater: Glassware and Glass Production

by Anastassios C. Antonaras

Corinth XIX.1
240 pp, 13 b/w ills, 21 b/w figs, 23 color pls, 4 tables
9" x 12"
Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87661-191-3
Publication Date: Nov 2022
Status: Active

Retail Price $150


Corinth has been an important site for the study of ancient glass since the pioneering work of Gladys Davidson Weinberg. This volume presents the first attempt at Corinth to analyze the entire corpus of glass found in a single area, that located just east of the Theater, the focus of excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies in the 1980s. These excavations revealed a north-south street that flanked the Theater, as well as a series of buildings to its east, part of a residential neighborhood ranging in date from the Early Roman to the Early Byzantine period. In this volume—the first of the final reports from the East of Theater excavations—the author presents the glass finds, including over 450 catalogued examples of glassworking remains, vessel glass, and non-vessel glass. Significantly, these finds reveal shifting patterns in vessel types, manufacturing techniques, and trade, as well as evidence for local glass production throughout these periods. Included among the finds are fragments of two opus sectile panels, evidence of the type of luxurious decoration that once existed in these structures. This groundbreaking study provides a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyday Corinthians, advancing glass studies both within Greece and throughout the Mediterranean.

About the Author: Anastassios C. Antonaras is an archaeologist and curator at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, and president of the International Association for the History of Glass

"This book provides an exemplary catalogue of finds in a material which does not always make it to press and will serve as an essential reference work for anyone working on glass finds in the Eastern Mediterranean." Tim Penn, BMCR 2023.06.21