We are pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 92.2! Topics in this issue include an overview of the commemorative portraiture program in the Athenian Agora from the time of Kleisthenes through Augustus, Classical and Hellenistic curse tablets from the Athenian Agora, and the latest report from the Corinth Excavations.
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“Memorials of All Our Noble Deeds”: Politics, Power, and Representation in the Athenian Agora, 510 B.C. to A.D. 14. A Critical Review, by Andrew Stewart, represents the twelfth and last of a series presented in this journal, offering an overview of the officially commissioned sculptures and paintings in the Athenian Agora from Kleisthenes through Augustus (ca. 510 B.C. to A.D. 14). It also offers new dates and interpretations for some of them, synthesizing the results of work done in the Agora from 2007 to 2019 with the evidence of the written sources. Three appendices present a gazetteer of the sculptures and paintings on and in the Agora’s public buildings, its state-sponsored honorific portraits, and the freestanding statues of the gods there.
Classical and Hellenistic Curse Tablets from the Athenian Agora, by Jaime Curbera and Jessica L. Lamont, publishes 25 lead tablets recovered during systematic excavations of the Athenian Agora, 24 of which were inscribed with curses. All objects date from the 4th century B.C. and emerged in three discrete contexts: beneath the Tholos, in the southern Industrial District, and in the well beside the so-called Crossroads Enclosure. These tablets expand and complicate our understanding of Athenian curse-writing rituals during the Late Classical and Early Hellenistic periods, while shedding new light on onomastics, prosopography, ritual space, and social history in 4th-century Athens.
Corinth, 2020 and 2021: Northeast of the Theater, by Christopher A. Pfaff, presents the report of the 2020 and 2021 excavation seasons at Corinth, which continued the exploration of an area in the southern third of the field northeast of the Theater. Among the results of these two seasons were the discoveries of a Roman road running northward from the paved plaza northeast of the Theater and of a sumptuous Roman room lined with marble-veneered benches and paved with an opus sectile floor. The excavations also brought to light more evidence of the Byzantine road that succeeded the Roman cardo and slight remains of other Byzantine structures, including a small circular structure, perhaps an oven.
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