Late Classical and Hellenistic Furniture and Furnishings in the Epigraphical Record

by Dimitra Andrianou

Hesperia, Volume 75, Issue 4
Page(s): 561-584
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25068004
Year: 2006


This article reviews the epigraphical evidence for furniture and furnishings from Late Classical and Hellenistic Greece, with particular attention to the furniture recorded in the treasure lists of Greek sanctuaries, and in the inscriptions recording loans, mortgages, and other commercial transactions involving property, between the late 4th and 1st centuries B.C. The principal goals of the study are to collect the types of furniture and furnishings mentioned in the inscriptions; to examine the vocabulary used to describe them and, where possible, to determine their value; and to discuss the purpose and significance of the furniture found in ancient Greek sanctuaries, whether used for display, storage, or as mobilier du culte.