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Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée grecque et romaine

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Arthur Muller
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Ergün Laflı

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Votive Terracotta Figurines from a Rural Sanctuary in Thesprotia, Epirus

Terres cuites votives d’un sanctuaire rural de Thesprotie (Épire)

Irini Svana

Résumé

Salvage excavations in the region of Thesprotia, Epirus, revealed a rural sanctuary which yielded a great amount of votive terracottas, mainly female. The figurines, dated from the early Classical period until the Hellenistic period are examined as evidence for the cultural and economic relations of the Thesprotians. They are classified according to the iconographic type they represent. Their iconography can be helpful in order to identify the worshipped deity (or deities) and to understand any possible ritual practices.

Des fouilles d’urgence en Thesprotie (Épire) ont mis au jour un sanctuaire rural qui a livré de nombreuses figurines de terre cuite, féminines pour la plupart. Datées du début de la période classique jusqu’à la période hellénistique, elles témoignent des relations culturelles et économiques des habitants de Thesprotie durant ces périodes. L’iconographie qui est la base du classement proposé ici suggère des pistes d’identification de la (ou des ?) divinités vénérées et donne un aperçu des pratiques rituelles.

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1. The archaeological context

Thesprotia is located in north-western Greece in the district of Epirus. It is in general a mountainous region with small plains crossed by rivers. At the west Thesprotia is washed by the Ionian Sea. Along the coast of Thesprotia are many small but safe bays. In antiquity Epirus was mainly occupied by local Epirotic tribes who lived “in villages” (κατά κώμας). At the coastal areas of Epirus people from southern Greece established flourishing colonies from the 7th c. BC onwards. Until the end of the 4th c. BC, the urbanisation of local settlements was also maintained.1

Inland from Thesprotia lies the Kokytos river valley (or Paramythia Valley). It stretches between the feet of the Paramythia Mountains of and the hills of Margariti. Towards the south, the Kokytos river flows into the plain of Fanari, which is intersected by the Acheron river. In antiquity this area was the territory of a local tribe, the Thesprotian Eleans. The town of Elea, the political a...

Auteur

Ministry of Culture, 3rd Ephorate for Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Athens, Greece.

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