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Women in Action: A Statue of Matidia Minor and Its Contexts

Susan Wood

Excavations at the Antonine-era theater at Suessa Aurunca have yielded an unorthodox statue of the building’s patron, Matidia Minor, the sister of Hadrian’s wife, Sabina. This statue now permits the identification of Matidia’s portrait in six additional replicas. It also casts new light on the ways that a prominent woman’s likeness could be depicted in public settings and the stylistic options available for such images.

Encountering Ovid’s Phaedra in House V.2.10–11, Pompeii

Molly Swetnam-Burland

This article documents the unusual case of a literary graffito quoting Ovid’s Heroides 4. The graffito was inscribed on a myth painting in Pompeii, preserving a historical individual’s reaction to the painting. I approach this case two ways: first, treating the painting and poem as an “intertext” using formal iconographic and literary analysis; second, exploring the archaeological record for the house, including its assemblage of artifacts and all other graffiti discovered within.

Somma-Vesuvian Ground Movements and the Water Supply of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples

Duncan Keenan-Jones

The reconstruction of Pompeii’s water-supply system is currently the focus of much debate. This debate is fueled by complicated and growing archaeological evidence for the water system within the town as well as three different proposed configurations of Pompeii’s aqueduct. The new synthesis of archaeological evidence presented here reveals three successive phases of piped distribution. The first, Augustan phase was altered considerably in a second phase to keep it operating, albeit with reduced supply, in the town’s last decades.

The North Court of the Erechtheion and the Ritual of the Plynteria

Mary B. Hollinshead

The north side of the uncanonical Temple of Athena Polias at Athens, conventionally called the Erechtheion, included a small paved court with banks of steps on the east and on the north against the Acropolis wall. The details of construction indicate that both the marble paving and the steps were built as part of the Erechtheion. This small, secluded North Court is a likely venue for the solemn ceremonies of the Plynteria and the Kallynteria, in which the ancient olive-wood statue of Athena Polias was taken out of the temple, bathed, and adorned.

The Archaic Colonnade at Ancient Corinth: A Case of Early Roman Spolia

Jon Michael Frey

Although it is rarely discussed, a row of badly worn Archaic-period columns that lines the western side of the Upper Forum of ancient Corinth holds the potential to speak volumes about several periods in the long architectural history of the site. First fully exposed in 1933, this colonnade stretches northward from the northwest corner of the South Stoa to a point just west of the Central Shops that divide the Upper and Lower Forums of the Roman colony.

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