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By Susan I. Rotroff, John H. Oakley

In 1972 a wide deposit of pottery and different unearths from the mid-5th century B.C. have been present in a pit simply west of the Royal Stoa within the Athenian Agora. It contained many fragments of figured pottery, greater than 1/2 which have been huge ingesting vessels. 21 fragments have been inscribed with a graffito identified to be a mark of public possession. The authors finish that the pottery is refuse from one of many public eating amenities that served the magistrates of Classical Athens. the quantity examines the archaeological context and chronology of the deposit and offers an in depth research of the entire reveals. an entire catalogue arranges the unearths by way of kind and in chronological order.

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169. 262, quite an elaboratelittle lid, could perhaps also go with a lekanis. g. 263); the shape was popular mainly in the late 5th and 4th centuries46and in our depositrepresentsa stray from private context. 47We may mentionhere also 11 fragmentsof lids with flanges on the lower surface, none of them completeenough to warrantcataloguing. FINE WARES: CLOSED SHAPES Closedshapes are much less well representedin blackglaze than open ones, for a numberof reasons. Most were larger and, once broken, were reduced to fragments that cannot be identified.

36 THE SOCIAL CONTEXT ware, none of which is marked)in H 4:5. If we go furtherand classify as public other wellrpresented shapes that had the same use (other drinking cups such as Attic skyphoi and large stemless cups, other oil containers such as lekythoi and olpai), we raise that proportion to 73 percent. Were we to include other vases connected with drinking (oinochoai, amphoras, psykters, bolsals, and mugs) and eating (bowls, stemmed dishes, plates, and perhaps lekanides) and count in also the figured pottery used for these purposes, the percentage would be much higher, and it seems fair to say that the majority of the pottery in the pit was used in the context of public dining.

Fa 22 and Fa 23 apparentlywere reversed in the text, Agora XXI, p. ) Isolated examples were found on the east side of the Agora and outside the Agora to the southwest. From the east side of the Agora: Roberts 1986, no. 41, pp. 23-26, figs. 13 and 14, pi. 7 = AgoraXII, no. 578, p. 276, figs. 6 and 22, pi. 25; P 24736 from R 12:3. From southwestof the Agora: AgoraXXI, Fa 1, p. 51, pi. 29. Elsewhere in Athens, the ligature has been notedon the Akropolis(Graef and Langlotz, nos. 1517 and 1523, pp.

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