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The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis

The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis

The Finds through 1994

Susan I. Rotroff, Andrew Oliver, Jr.

ISBN 9780674014619

Publication date: 04/15/2004

Hellenistic art in Asia Minor is characterized by diverse cultural influences, both indigenous and Greek. This work presents a comprehensive catalogue of the Hellenistic pottery found at Sardis by two archaeological expeditions. The main catalogue includes over 750 items from the current excavations; in addition, material from some 50 Hellenistic tombs excavated in the early twentieth century is published in its entirety for the first time. The early Hellenistic material consists of imports from Greek cities and close local imitations, along with purely Lydian wares typical of the "late Lydian" phase that followed the Persian conquest. By the late Hellenistic period, Sardis boasts a full range of Greek shapes and styles; indeed, the influence of new conquerors, the Romans, was felt as well. Thus the ceramic finds from Sardis reflect the changing fortunes of the city, bearing witness to the tenacity of indigenous customs and the influences of foreign powers.


  • Susan I. Rotroff is Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities at Washington University, St. Louis.
  • Andrew Oliver, Jr., is the former director of the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts and former president of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • Archaeological Exploration of Sardis