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Three Hellenistic ‘Naïskoi’ in the Theatre Area at Aigeira: Small Buildings in the Context of an Urban Sanctuary


Tanner, Alexandra (2020). Three Hellenistic ‘Naïskoi’ in the Theatre Area at Aigeira: Small Buildings in the Context of an Urban Sanctuary. In: Sapirstein, Philip; Scahill, David. New Directions and Paradigms for the Study of Greek Architecture: Interdisciplinary Dialogues in the Field. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 74-87.

Abstract

The three small Buildings D, E, and F, usually identified as naiskoi, are located on both sides of the theater building at Aigeira. Together with the adjacent buildings they form a substantial complex erected in the Hellenistic period that remained in use until Roman times. The prominent location of multiple examples of the relatively small “naiskos” building type is striking. However, during the excavations in the 1970s and 1980s, neither the chronology nor the function of these buildings could be identified.
The new study aims to reveal the architectural layout, the chronology, and the function of these small buildings. The first results of this research are presented in this paper. The clarifying of the relative chronology between Buildings D and E is crucial for understanding the development of the building arrangement. Differences in building technique, measuring units and construction dates of the individual “naiskoi” lead to considerations about different groups of people responsible for designing as well as building them. Moreover, several modifications that took place over the course of time on the three buildings hint to the history of their use, while interior design suggests multi-functionality.

Abstract

The three small Buildings D, E, and F, usually identified as naiskoi, are located on both sides of the theater building at Aigeira. Together with the adjacent buildings they form a substantial complex erected in the Hellenistic period that remained in use until Roman times. The prominent location of multiple examples of the relatively small “naiskos” building type is striking. However, during the excavations in the 1970s and 1980s, neither the chronology nor the function of these buildings could be identified.
The new study aims to reveal the architectural layout, the chronology, and the function of these small buildings. The first results of this research are presented in this paper. The clarifying of the relative chronology between Buildings D and E is crucial for understanding the development of the building arrangement. Differences in building technique, measuring units and construction dates of the individual “naiskoi” lead to considerations about different groups of people responsible for designing as well as building them. Moreover, several modifications that took place over the course of time on the three buildings hint to the history of their use, while interior design suggests multi-functionality.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Archaeology
Dewey Decimal Classification:720 Architecture
930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aigeira, Peloponnes, hellenistische Architektur, Naiskos
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:11 Jan 2021 09:09
Last Modified:11 Jan 2021 09:13
Publisher:Brill
Series Name:Monumenta Graeca et Romana
Number:25
ISSN:0169-8850
ISBN:978-90-04-41663-5
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004416659_006
Related URLs:https://brill.com/view/title/56265 (Publisher)

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