Greek Lamps and Their Survivals

by Richard H. Howland

Athenian Agora IV
261 pp, 56 pls, 1 chart
9" x 12"
Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87661-204-0
Publication Date: Nov 1958
Status: Out of Print


The author has used the trustworthy chronological data supplied by the scientific excavation of closed deposits at the Athenian Agora to build a continuous series of lamp types from the 7th century B.C. to the 1st century A.D. Many photographs and profiles of sections permit ready identification, and a handy graphical chart of lamp types facilitates quick checking of the chronological range of each.

"Though Greek lamps may cast little light on Greek literature, philosophy, or art they illumine the lowly steps of the archaeologist with a flood of light. . . . To the field archaeologist or the museum curator working in this period the book will be absolutely indispensable. In typology and in contents it reflects credit on the author, the Agora excavators, and the editor of the series." J. W. Graham, Phoenix 13 (1959), p. 46