The Sanctuary of Aphaia on Aigina in the Bronze Age

Korinna Pilafidis-Williams

The Sanctuary of Aphaia on Aigina in the Bronze Age
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Korinna Pilafidis-Williams

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274 pages | 74 color plates, 1,400 halftones | 7 3/4 x 10 2/3 | © 1998
Cloth $79.95 ISBN: 9783777480107 Published December 1998 For sale in North America and Japan only
The island of Aigina has often played a key role in the history of Greece. The well-known temple of Aphaia, having been in existence since the Late Archaic Period of the Iron Age, was preceded 1100 years, by a Doric temple on the same site. The publication is focused particularly on those early days. Terracotta-statues and other finds point to a major Mycenean cultural and religious centre on the east terrace of Aiginia, the highest point on the island, upon which, in the Archaic and Classic Periods, the altar was located. The book is divided into a catalogue of finds, (terracottas, pottery, animal-shaped rhyta, and chariots), an investigation into the presence of a bronze-age cult, a look at the nature of the deity »Kourothropos«, an elaboration on the substantiated bronze-age cult, a historical summary and an appendix.
List of Abbreviations

I.    Introduction
II.  Catalogue
A.  Terracottas
      i. Human Figurines
      ii. Animal Figurines
      iii. Group Figurines
      iv. Figures
B.  Pottery
      i. Middle Bronze Age
      ii. Late Bronze Age Closed Shapes
      iii. Late Bronze Age Open Shapes
      iv. Late Bronze Age Special Shapes
      v. Late Bronze Age Unpainted Ware
C.  Miscellaneous Small Finds
III. Was there a Cult at Aphaia during the Bronze Age?
IV. The Nature and Character of the Deity
V.  What Kind of Bronze Age Cult can be Deduced from the Location and the Finds at 
VI. Historical Summary

Appendix I: Find Contexts ("Befunde")
Appendix II: Clay
Appendix III: Kourotrophoi
Appendix IV: Charts 1–4
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