Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna

500 pages

29 color

October, 2016

ISBN: 9781479864645



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Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. He is author, co-author, and editor of many books including Egypt in Late Antiquity and Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East.

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Roberta Casagrande-Kim is Assistant Manager of Exhibitions and Publications at the Onassis Foundation in New York. She has worked extensively in archaeological excavations in Italy, Israel, and Turkey, and has served as the Assistant Field Director at the Amheida excavations (Egypt) since 2010.

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Akin Ersoy is Assistant Professor at Izmir Dokuz Eylül University and Director of the Ancient City of Smyrna Excavations.

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Cumhur Tanriver is Associate Professor at Izmir Ege University and epigraphist of the Ancient City of Smyrna Excavations. 

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Burak Yolaçan received his doctorate in archaeology in 2013 and is a Research Assistant at Izmir Dokuz Eylül University.

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An in-depth archaeological report featuring graffiti found during a recent excavation at the Ancient Greek city of Smyrna. 

The graffiti published in this richly-illustrated volume were discovered during an excavation of the Roman basilica in the Ancient Greek city of Smyrna, known today as Izmir, which is situated on the Aegean coast of modern Turkey. The project, which began in 2003, has unearthed a multitude of graffiti and drawings encompassing a wide range of subjects and interests, including local politics, nautical vessels, sex, and wordplay.  
Each graffito artifact holds the potential for vast historical and cultural data, rescued in this volume from the passage of time and razing ambitions of urban development. Given the city’s history, the potential wealth of knowledge to be gleamed from these discoveries is substantial: Smyrna has an uninterrupted history of settlement since the Neolithic–Copper ages, and remains today a major city and Mediterranean seaport at the crossroads of key trade routes. 

The present volume provides comprehensive editions of the texts, descriptions of the drawings, and an extensive introduction to the subjects of the graffiti, how they were produced, and who was responsible for them. A complete set of color photographs is included.