Abbreviations used below:


AGRP             Ancient Greek and Related Pottery: Proceedings of the International Vase Symposium in Amsterdam, 12-15 April 1984, edited by H.A.G. Brijder.  Amsterdam: Allard Pierson (1984).

AJA                 American Journal of Archaeology

BSA                Annual of the British School at Athens

JRA                 Journal of Roman Archaeology

PLPD              Pots for the Living, Pots for the Dead, edited by A. Rathje, M. Nielsen, and B. Rasmussen.  Acta Hyperborea 9.  Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum (2002).

RAG         Recherches sur les amphores grecques, edited by J.-Y. Empereur and Y. Garlan.  BCH Suppl. 13.  Paris: De Boccard (1986).


Weekly Schedule:


(1)        W        Sep 1               Pottery in Archaeology

Casson, S.  1938.  “The modern pottery trade in the Aegean.”  Antiquity 12:464-73.

Noble, J.V.  1984.  “An Overview of the Technology of Greek and Related Pottery.”  In

AGRP, 31-41.

Orton, C., P. Tyers, and A. Vince.  1993.  Pottery in archaeology.  New York:

Cambridge UP, chapter 2 and chapter 6.



(2)        W        Sep 8               The Bronze Age

For this week’s quiz on the principal Greek vase shapes see Clark et al. 2002,

65-155; Cook 1997, 207-29; Kanowski 1984; Sparkes 1991, 80-92. 

Future quiz material will be taken from relevant assigned readings.


Cycladic Pottery

Lacy, A.D.  1967.  Greek pottery in the Bronze Age.  London: Methuen.


Minoan Pottery

Betancourt, P.  1985.  The History of Minoan Pottery.  Princeton: Princeton UP.


Mycenaean Pottery

Galaty, M.L.  1999.  Nestor’s Wine Cups: Investigating Ceramic Manufacture and

Exchange in a Late Bronze Age “Mycenaean” State.  Oxford: BAR-IS 766.

Leonard, A., M. Hughes, A. Middleton, and L. Schofield.  1993.  “The Making of

Aegean Stirrup Jars: Technique, Tradition, and Trade.”  BSA 88:105-23. 

Mountjoy, P.A.  1993.  Mycenaean pottery: an introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University   

Committee for Archaeology.


Canaanite Amphoras

Grace, V. R., 1956.  “The Canaanite Jar.”  In The Aegean and the Near East: Studies

presented to Hetty Goldman, edited by S. S. Weinberg, 80-109.  Locust Valley,

New York: J. J. Augustin.

Leonard, A.  1995.  “’Canaanite jars’ and the Late Bronze Age Aegeo-Levantine wine

trade.”  In The Origins and Ancient History of Wine, edited by P.E. McGovern,

S.J. Fleming, and S.H. Katz, 233-54.  Luxembourg: Gordon and Breach.



(3)        W        Sep 15             Iron Age Greece and Cyprus

Boardman 1998, 13-82; Cook 1997, 5-38; Rasmussen & Spivey 1991, 37-56.

Iron Age Greece

Coldstream, J. N.  1968.  Greek geometric pottery: a survey of ten local styles and their

chronology.  London, Methuen.

Desborough, V. R. d'A.  1952.  Protogeometric pottery.  Oxford: Clarendon.


Iron Age Cyprus

Bikai, P.M.  1987.  The Phoenician pottery of Cyprus.  A.G. Leventis Foundation and J.

Paul Getty Trust.

Gjerstad, E.  1932.  Cypriot Pottery: From the Neolithic to the Hellenistic Period.  Union

Academique Internationale. 

Gjerstad, E.  1960.  “Pottery Types: Cypro-Geometric to Cypro-Classical.”  Opuscula

Atheniensia  3:105-22.

Yon, M.  1976.  Manuel de céramique chypriote.  Lyon: Institut Courby. 



Calvet, Y.  1986.  “Les amphores Chypriotes et leur diffusion en Méditerranée

Orientale.”  In RAG, 505-14.

Grace, V.R.  1979.  "Kouriaka."  In Studies Presented in Memory of Porphyrios Dikaios,

edited by V. Karageorghis, 178-88.  Nicosia: Lions Club of Nicosia.

Jacobsen, K.  2002.  “Cypriot Transport Amphorae in the Archaic and Classical Period.”

In PLPD, 169-84. 

Sagona, A.G.  1982.  “Levantine Storage Jars of the 13th to 4th Century B.C.”  Opuscula

Atheniensia 14: 73-110.


(4)        W        Sep 22             Techniques for Analysis and Recording

Today’s class will include a tour of TAMU’s Elemental Analysis Laboratory by Lab director Dr. William D. (Dennis) James.  Please come prepared with questions in mind!

 Jones, R.E.  1984.  “Greek Potters’ Clays: Questions of Selection, Availability, and Adaptation.”  In AGRP, 21-30.

Barclay, K.  2001.  Scientific Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics: A Handbook of

            Resources.  Oxford: Oxbow.

Henderson, J.  2000.  The Science and Archaeology of Materials: An Investigation of

Inorganic Materials.  London: Routledge.  Chap. 2.

Jones, R.E.  1986.  Greek and Cypriote Pottery: A Review of Scientific Studies. Athens: British School at Athens.

Orton, C., P. Tyers, and A. Vince.  1993.  Pottery in archaeology.  New York:

Cambridge UP, chapter 11.

Whitbread, I.K. 1995. Greek Transport Amphorae: A Petrological and Archaeological

            Study.  Exeter: British School at Athens.



Hasaki, E.  2002.  Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece: Technology and Organization of

Ceramic Workshops.  Ph.D. diss., University of Cincinnati.

Shaw, J.W.  2001.  A LM IA Ceramic Kiln in South-Central Crete: Function and Pottery

Production.  Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


(5)        W        Sep 29             Corinth and Punic North Africa

Cook 1997, 41-63; Rasmussen & Spivey 1991, 57-78; Whitbread 1995, 255-308; Lawall

1995, 57-87 and 246-54.

Amyx, D.A.  1988.  Corinthian Vase Painting of the Archaic Period.  Berkeley: University

of California Press.

Brownlee, A.B.  2003.  “Workshops in the Potters’ Quarter.”  In Corinth XX: The Centenary,

1896-1996, edited by C.K. Williams and N. Bookidis, 181-94.  Princeton: ASCSA.

Koehler, C.G. and P.B. Vandiver.  1986.  "Structure, Processing, Properties, and Style of

Corinthian Transport Amphoras."  In Technology and Style, edited by W.D.

Kingery and E. Lense, 173-215.  Ceramics and Civilization 2.  Columbus, Ohio:

American Ceramic Society.

Koehler, C.G.  1981.  "Corinthian Developments in the Study of Trade in the Fifth

Century."  Hesperia 50: 449-58.

Munn, M.L.Z.  2003.  “Corinthian Trade With the Punic West in the Classical Period.”  In

Corinth XX: The Centenary, 1896-1996, edited by C.K. Williams and N. Bookidis,

195-217.  Princeton: ASCSA.


(6)        W        Oct 6               The Western Mediterranean           

Lawall 1995, 255-68; Rasmussen & Spivey 1991, 131-50.

Bats, M.  1990.  Les amphores de Marseille grecque: chronologie et diffusion (Vie-Ier s.    

av. J.-C.).  Etudes massalietes 2.  Aix-en-Provence: Coll. Etudes Massalietes 2.

Bertucchi, G.  1992.  Les amphores et le vin de Marseille, Vie s. av. J.C.-IIe s. apres J.C.

            RANarb Suppl. 25.

Iozzo, M.  2002.  “Black-figure pottery in Magna Graecia and Sicily.”  In Magna Graecia:

            Greek art from south Italy and Sicily, edited by M.J. Bennett, and A.J. Paul.  New

York: Hudson Hills Press.

Leegaard, L.  2002.  “The Mediterranean and Central Europe in the 6th and 5th Centuries

B.C.: The Trade Route Through the Rhône Valley in the Light of Discoveries of

Local Plain Ware.”  In PLPD, 145-68.

Nilsson, A.  1999.  “The Function and Reception of Attic Figured Pottery: Spina, A Case

Study.”  Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 26:7-23.

Osborne, R.  1996.  “Pots, trade, and the archaic Greek economy.”  Antiquity 70.1: 31-44.

Van der Mersch, C.  1994.  Vins et amphores de Grande Grece et de Sicile, IV-IIIe s.

avant J.-C.  (Naples).

Will, E.L.  1982.  "Greco-Italic amphoras."  Hesperia 51:338-56.



Phillips, K.M.  1994.  “Stamped Impasto Pottery Manufactured at Poggio Civitate.”  In

Murlo and the Etruscans: Art and Society in Ancient Etruria, edited by R. DePuma

and J.P. Small, 29-46.  Madison: University of Wisconsin.

Pelagatti, P.  1990.  Le anfore da trasporto e il commercio etrusco arcaico.  Rome: De


Rasmussen, T.  1979.  Bucchero pottery from southern Etruria.  Cambridge: Cambridge



(7)        W        Oct 13             East Greek

Boardman 1998, 141-51; Rasmussen & Spivey 1991, 203-32; Whitbread 1995, 122-209;

            Lawall 1995, 48-56 and 88-217.

Cook, R.M., and P. Dupont. 1998. East Greek Pottery. London: Routledge.

Grace, V.R. 1971. “Samian Amphoras.” Hesperia 40:52-95.

Johnston, A.  1979.  Trademarks on Greek Vases.  Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips.

Lemos, A.  1991.  Archaic Pottery of Chios: The Decorated Styles.  Oxford: Oxbow.


(8)        W        Oct 20             No class


(9)        W        Oct 27             Attic

Cook 1997, 63-88 and 155-78; Boardman 1974, 1975, 1989; Lawall 1995, 34-47.

Morris, S.  1984.  The Black and White Style: Athens and Aigina in the Orientalizing Period.

New Haven: Yale UP.

Noble, J.V.  1988.  The Techniques of Attic Painted Pottery.  New York: Thames and


Robertson, M.  1992.  The Art of Vase-Painting in Classical Athens.  Cambridge:

Cambridge UP.

Schreiber, T.  2000.  Athenian Vase Construction: A Potter’s Analysis.  Oxford: Oxford UP.

Vickers, M. and D. Gill.  1994.  Artful crafts: ancient Greek silverware and pottery.  Oxford:


SOS Amphoras

Jones 1986, 706-12.

Docter, R.  1991.  “Athena vs. Dionysos: Reconsidering the Contents of SOS

Amphorae.”  Bulletin antike beschaving 66:45-9.      

Johnston, A. and R.E. Jones.  1978.  “The ‘SOS’ Amphora.”  BSA 73: 103-41.


(10)      W        Nov 3              Hellenistic Greece

Cook 1997, 193-205; Rasmussen & Spivey 1991, 183-202; Whitbread 1995, 51-121.

Empereur, J.-Y. and A. Hesnard.  1987.  “Les amphores hellenistiques.”  In Ceramiques hellenistiques et romaines II, edited by P. Leveque and J.-P. Morel, 9-71.

Grace, V.R. and M. Savvatianou-Petropoulakou.  1970.  "Les timbres amphoriques grecs."  In L'îlot de la maison des comédiens: Exploration archéologique de Délos 27: 277-382.

Rotroff, S.I.  1984.  “Ceramic Workshops in Hellenistic Athens.”  In AGRP, 173-77.

Rotroff, S.I.  1997.  Hellenistic pottery: Athenian and imported wheelmade table ware and related material.  Athenian Agora 29.

Trendall, A.D.  1989.  Red figure Vases of South Italy and Sicily: a handbook.  New York: Thames and Hudson. 


(11)      W        Nov 10                        Roman Italy

Hayes, J.  1997.  Handbook of Mediterranean Roman Pottery.  Norman: University of

Oklahoma Press.

Peacock, D. P. S.  1982.  Pottery in the Roman World: an Ethnoarchaeological

Approach.  New York: Longman.

Peacock, D. P. S.  1986.  Amphorae and the Roman economy: an introductory guide.

New York: Longman.

Schuring, J.M.  1984.  “Ceramic Analysis as an Approach to Roman Amphorae.”  In AGRP,


Oswald, F., T.D. Pryce, and G. Simpson.  1966.  An introduction to the study of terra

sigillata.  Farnborough: Gregg Press.


(12)      W        Nov 17                        Field Trip to San Antonio Museum of Art


(13)      W        Nov 24                        The Roman Provinces

Adan-Bayewitz, D.  1993.  Common Pottery in Roman Galilee: A Study of Local Trade.

Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press.

Bezecky, T.  1995.  “Amphorae and amphora stamps from the Laecanius workshop.”

JRA 8:41-64.

Plouviez, J.  2003.  Journal of Roman Pottery Studies: Amphorae in Britain & The Western

Empire, vol. 10.

Swan, V.G.  1984.  The pottery kilns of Roman Britain.  London: H.M.S.O.

Tyers, P.  1996.  Roman pottery in Britain.  London: B.T. Batsford.


 (14)     W        Dec 1               Late Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval

Arthur, P.  1986.  “Amphorae and the Byzantine World.”  In RAG, 655-60.

Dark, K.  2001.  Byzantine Pottery.  London: Tempus.

Hayes, J.W.  1972.  Late Roman pottery.  London: British School at Rome.

Keay, S.  1984.  Late Roman Amphorae in the Western Mediterranean: A Typology and

            Economic Study.  The Catalan Evidence.  Oxford: BAR 196.

Maguire, H.  1997.  Materials analysis of Byzantine pottery.  Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton


Peacock, D.  1977.  “Ceramics in Roman and Medieval Archaeology.”  In Pottery and

Early Commerce: Characterization and Trade in Roman and Later Ceramics, ed.

Peacock, 21-33.  London: Academic Press.

Reynolds, P.  1995.  Trade in the Western Mediterranean, AD 400-700: The Ceramic

Evidence.  Oxford: Tempus Reparatum.

Vroom, J.  2003.  After antiquity: ceramics and society in the Aegean from the 7th to the 20th

century A.C.: a case study from Boeotia, central Greece.  Leiden: University of