The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore Inscriptions Published

Just saw the good news that Ronald Stroud’s volume (Corinth XVIII.6) on the inscriptions from the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on the lower slopes of Acrocorinth is now published and available for purchase. Details below from Andrew Reinhard at the ASCSA Publication Office.





Excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on Acrocorinth, 1961–1975, produced more than 170 inscribed objects of stone, bronze, bone, lead weights, pottery (graffiti and dipinti), clay pinakes, magical lead tablets, and an inscribed mosaic. In this new Corinth volume, Ron Stroud presents all of these inscriptions, and he relates them to an overall interpretation of the activities, secular and religious, attested in this shrine during its long period of use from the 7th century B.C. until the end of the 4th century A.D. Where possible, Stroud also draws out their implications for and contribution to the history of ancient Corinth, the worship of the goddesses Demeter and Kore, and the practice of magic—especially in the Roman period. This is the final publication of the inscribed objects from the sanctuary, excluding loomweights and stamped amphora handles, which will be included in a later publication.


Chapter 1: Inscriptions on Stone, Metal, Bone, and in Mosaic

Chapter 2: Dipinti on Pottery

Chapter 3: Graffiti on Pottery

Chapter 4: Inscriptions on Clay Pinakes

Chapter 5: Magical Lead Tablets



Indexes (General, Ancient Sources, Greek and Latin Names, Greek and Latin Words)

Click here to read an interview with the author.

Click here for a free sample chapter.

Click here for information on how to order this book.

News from the American School of Classical Studies

Over the next few weeks, I will be updating the site with some of the news bits, stories, and blog pieces that posted in the last six months. All of the following will be old news to those who follow the Corinthian Studies facebook page or the news feed of the ASCSA webpage, but for those of you who missed these stories:


First, my confession of a mortal sin of the blogosphere: I stopped posting. It’s the death knell of blogs, I know.

But I had good reason for the break. I took a year-long research leave to complete two big research projects. Many bloggers I know would pick up pace during a sabbatical. I felt that the prospects of finishing both projects would be slim without serious focus. And so, I disconnected.

I’m glad I did. I needed all the time I could get. With collaborators Bill Caraher, Scott Moore, and others, we are finishing edits of a volume detailing our archaeological survey of the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria in Cyprus. That was an enormous amount of work and is 99% done.

The other project, related to the theme of this site, was a diachronic history of the Isthmus of Corinth in the Roman period. That about killed me. I’m wrapping up the final two chapters on the late antique period this semester. My projected completion date is January. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming year.

All of this to note that after a long hiatus, Corinthian Matters resumes this week.

I’ll be reviving some of the regular features of the blog (news, conference coverage, Corinthian Scholarship Monthly, etc…), and also developing some of the stable content of the website, especially bibliographic libraries.

So, if you have news, stories, scholarship, please send them my way. Check back for new content and resources.