It’s a monumental achievement to publish in the Corinth Monograph series. These archaeological reports are designed as authoritative statements about the archaeology of individual buildings and sites investigated by the American Excavations at Corinth, and they represent years, if not decades, of scholarly study of architecture and artifacts of individual buildings. The production of the volumes themselves stretches over many years of editing and proofreading. So any new volume in the Corinth or Isthmia series is something to welcome and celebrate.
This new publication by Nancy Bookidis and Elizabeth Pemberton discusses the Greek lamps and offering trays from the sanctuary from the archaic to Hellenistic periods (and a few Roman finds are thrown in for good measure).
Corinth XVIII.7. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Greek Lamps and Offering Trays, by Nancy Bookidis and Elizabeth G. Pemberton. 256 pp, 50 pls, 2 tables
9″ x 12″. Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-87661-187-6
Publication Date: Nov 2015.
As last month’s press release on the ASCSA website notes:
This volume continues the publication of excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on Acrocorinth. It incorporates two bodies of material: Greek lamps and offering trays. The lamps include those made from the 7th through 2nd centuries B.C., together with a few Roman examples not included in Corinth XVIII.2. They served to provide light and to accompany the rites of sacrifice. The offering trays presented in this volume differ from the liknon-type offering trays published by A. Brumfield; they support a variety of vessels rather than types of food and had a symbolic function in the Sanctuary rituals. They are extremely common in the Sanctuary and only rarely attested elsewhere.
Here’s the webpage for the book, with information about ordering. And the table of contents:
Part I: The Greek Lamps, by Nancy Bookidis
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Catalogue: Corinthian Lamps
Chapter 3: Catalogue: Imported Lamps, Multiple Lamps, Stands, and Lanterns
Part II: The Offering Trays, by Elizabeth G. Pemberton
Chapter 4: Introduction
Chapter 5: Catalogue: Offering Trays
Appendix: Contexts of the Lamps and Offering Trays
Concordance to Catalogue