While some aspects of Arthur Evans’ framework for the Minoan civilization have undergone modification, its main defining characteristics remain widely accepted. We should find the endurance of Evans’ theoretical framework surprising rather than comforting, not least because of the slim empirical and epistemological basis for its formation.
The study of maritime trade in Late Bronze Age Greece often focuses on the analysis of imported exotica, which are usually interpreted as luxury goods used by elites to express or entrench social difference. A contextual analysis of exotica from the 12th-century cemetery at Perati does not support the notion that imports from the Postpalatial Aegean fit such an interpretation.
Through an analysis of the ninth- to eighth-century B.C.E. mortuary assemblages from the Queens’ Tombs of Nimrud’s Northwest Palace in Iraq, this article interprets dress elements and ensembles in terms of identity and ideology. The Queens’ Tombs offer the only in situ evidence for royal Neo-Assyrian female dress.
The Sacred Way connecting the city of Miletos to the sanctuary of Didyma has long been considered one of the best-documented examples of a processional road from the ancient world. Views of the road have become ossified around an orthodox reconstruction of the route, which is assumed to have remained relatively static from the Archaic to the Roman period.
This article presents the first publication and discussion of an unusual sarcophagus from Aphrodisias that depicts the birth of Dionysos and the infant’s arrival at Nysa. The sarcophagus is remarkable, despite its battered appearance, as mythological frieze sarcophagi represent less than 1% of the total production in Roman Asia Minor, where thus far this sarcophagus imagery is unparalleled.