Monday, August 19, 2019

Open Access Serial: AIUK Papers (Attic Inscriptions in UK Collections)

AIUK Papers (Attic Inscriptions in UK Collections)
This section of AIO publishes Attic Inscriptions in UK Collections (AIUK). Starting in 2018, each volume of AIUK will contain the Attic inscriptions in a different UK collection. The largest collection, in the British Museum, will be published in separate parts for each category of inscription. To accompany these new scholarly editions, more lightly annotated translations of the inscriptions will be published on the AIO main site, together with Greek texts and images.


AIUK vol. 6 (2019): Leeds City Museum - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 6 publishes a new edition of the inscribed fourth-century Attic funerary monument with relief in the collection of the Leeds City Museum and narrates the sequence of events by which it and a number of other antiquities were acquired by two young Yorkshiremen visiting Greece on the “Grand Tour” in 1817, and were eventually donated to the Museum of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society in 1863. An Appendix discusses another inscribed funerary monument in the collection, currently identified as Attic in most standard epigraphical reference works, but actually from the island of Rheneia by Delos.


AIUK vol. 5 (2019): Lyme Park - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 5 publishes new editions of the two Attic inscriptions at Lyme Park, Cheshire, both of them funerary monuments with relief sculpture dating from the fourth century BC. In addition to analysis of the monuments in their ancient context, the volume explores the engaging history of their acquisition in Athens in 1811 or 1812 by Thomas Legh and their display as part of his design for the Library of Lyme Park. AIUK 5 also discusses briefly the intriguing uninscribed piece of fourth-century Athenian sculpture depicting a seated man with comic masks, which is displayed in the same room.


AIUK vol. 3 (2018): Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - Stephen Lambert

This, the third volume of AIUK, publishes new editions of the nine Attic inscriptions in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, seven of which are on display in the Museum’s Greek and Roman galleries. In addition to two Assembly decrees (1, 2), the collection contains the “Sandwich marble”, an important set of accounts of the sanctuary of Apollo on Delos (3). It also includes six inscribed Attic funerary monuments (4-9), and the discussions of the individual monuments are preceded by a general introduction to the major styles of private Attic funerary monument represented in the collection. The volume contains a number of new readings and fresh observations on most of the inscriptions discussed.


AIUK vol. 2 (2018): British School at Athens - Stephen Lambert

This second volume of AIUK contains the fifteen Attic inscriptions in the collection of the British School at Athens, most of which once belonged to the nineteenth-century philhellene, historian of modern Greece and resident of Athens, George Finlay. Though modest in size, the collection offers a rich variety of insights into the life of our best documented ancient Greek city between the fifth century BC and the third century AD. It also offers representative examples of three major genres of Attic inscription: two Assembly decrees (1, 2); five dedications or statue bases (3, 4, 5, 6, 7); and seven funerary monuments (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15); in addition to a list of names, perhaps of donors, on a wall block (8). Three of the Attic funerary monuments, 9, 10 and 14, are on permanent display in the BSA entrance hall, and the remaining inscriptions are kept in the School’s museum collection.


AIUK vol. 1 (2018): Petworth House - Stephen Lambert

This, the inaugural volume of AIUK, publishes the important hellenistic inscription in Petworth House. Dating to 108/7 BC it honours the maidens who worked on the robe (peplos) for the statue of Athena. Another small fragment of the same inscription is in the Epigraphical Museum, Athens. It is one of three similar inscriptions which date to around the same decade and seem to reflect a revival or reform of the arrangements for making the peplos, which was carried in procession and presented to the goddess at the Panathenaia festival. The names of the maidens are listed in a “roll of honour” at the bottom of the inscription. This and the lists of maidens in the other two inscriptions supply us with much of our information on the female members of elite Athenian families at this period.

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