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Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée grecque et romaine

Arthur Muller
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1.1. Quelques types iconographiques

Terracotta Gladiators from Eastern Thrace

Gladiateurs en terre cuite de Thrace orientale

Işık Şahİn et Hüsniye Güçlü


The presentation of figurines with dangling legs depicting gladiators (4 from Apri and Rhaidestos) and female gladiators (2 from Perinthos) gives the opportunity to gather the archaeological testimonia of munera and venationes from Eastern Thrace in the Roman Imperial period.

La présentation de figurines à jambes articulées représentant des gladiateurs (quatre provenant d’Apri et de Rhaidestos) et des gladiatrices (deux provenant de Perinthos) est l’occasion de réunir les témoignages archéologiques évoquant les munera et les venationes en Thrace orientale à l’époque impériale.

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The six terracotta figurines discussed here are kept in the Museum of Tekirdağ.1 They were found in three different towns – Apri, Perinthos and Rhaidestos (?) – of Eastern Thrace (fig. 1) which are close to each other along the Via Egnatia.2

Fig. 1. – Map of Eastern Thrace.


All the figurines have perforations in the helmets or in the heads. Two holes used to hang the dangling legs are observed at the back sides of the whole figurines. Therefore, they have separately attached legs: so we can consider them as puppets.

1. Gladiator figurines from Apri and Rhaidestos

1.1. The finds

Apri, localized in Kermeyan Village,3 is one of the colonies founded by the Roman Emperor Claudius, for the retired soldiers to be settled in: this is confirmed by the soldier inscriptions found in Apri.4 The three figurines figs. 2-3-4 are from Apri: they were found and brought to the museum by the inhabitants of the village at different dates.5 Fig. 2 (inv. no. 1537) shows one of the gladiator classes,6 secutor ...


Trakya University, Department of Archaeology, Edirne, Turkey.

Trakya University, Department of Archaeology, Edirne, Turkey.

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