A New Book on Paphlagonia
- Dear Colleagues,
A new book of us on Paphlagonia has just been printed in Oxford:
Ergün LAFLI/Eva CHRISTOF, Hadrianopolis I: Inschriften aus Paphlagonia
(Hadrianopolis I: Inscriptions from Paphlagonia). British Archaelogical
Reports, International Series 2366 (Oxford, Archaeopress 2012).
ISBN 9781407309538. viii+142 pages.
Here is its abstract: This book is dedicated to the mostly unpublished
epigraphic material documented during the 2005 and 2008 archaeological
field surveys and excavations at Hadrianopolis in Eskipazar, Karabuk
Province, in northwestern Central Anatolia, undertaken by Ergün LAFLI and
his team from the Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir. A total of roughly 115
epigraphic fragments are in Classical Greek except for a stamp and a
bilingual honorific inscription from a statue base, both in Latin and both
The inscriptions are carved in stone or on small finds, but some are found
on mosaic floors. The majority date from the 2nd to the 4th cent. A.D.,
while some are as late as the first half of the 6th cent. A.D. They are
funerary, honorific, or dedicatory inscriptions. Most of the funerary
inscriptions were composed as epigrams and usually were carved on funerary
columns of light, local limestone, the most popular and frequent grave
accessory in Hadrianopolis and its chora. From the onomastic point of view
the personal names contained in these inscriptions are rarely local, as
Greek and Roman names seem to be more popular. Some mosaic incriptions are
useful in the identification of imagery. Among the epigraphic materials
treated in this study masons marks have also been included that were
collected from three different architectural contexts. Since the
archaeological material culture differs between the city core of
Hadrianopolis and its chora, the inscriptions from these respective areas
are examined in separate chapters.
The major aim of this booklet is the continuation of the intensive
epigraphic research on Hadrianopolis and its chora that has been carried
out by Ismail KAYGUSUZ, who visited the area at the end of the 1970s and
published his results in two articles in 1983 and 1984; by Christian
MAREK, who was in the area in 1983, 1986, and 1990-1991 and who published
his results in 1993, followed by a supplement in 2003; and by Michael
METCALFE, who worked in this landscape in 2001 and published his results
in 2009. In this present study, only the inscriptions that have been
assembled by E. LAFLI between the years 2005 and 2008 are considered.
These comprise either completely unpublished finds or published
inscriptions to which new data has been added or new photographic
documentation has become available.
The initital chapter of the book provides an overview of the topography of
the landscape, the history and archaeology of the region based on the
field research carried out between 2005 and 2008, and a discussion of
Ergun LAFLIs four campaigns. Chapter 2 is devoted to the inscriptions
from Hadrianopolis proper, of which 21 have not been published previously.
From the Roman period are three honorific inscriptions (nos. 1-2 and 4),
one on a statue base belonging to Claudius Aurelianus (no. 3), an official
document in two pieces (no. 5), and two grave inscriptions (nos. 6-7).
Eight of the Early Byzantine inscriptions are found in mosaic pavements
from Churches A and B (nos. 8-15). Two honorific (nos. 16-17) and four
grave inscriptions (nos. 18-21) dated to the 6th and 7th centuries are
also of the Early Byzantine period.
In Chapter 3 46 inscriptions from the chora of Hadrianopolis are presented
that include three previously unpublished Roman votive inscriptions (nos.
22-24), 7 previously unpublished Roman grave epigrams (nos. 25-31), and 14
other previously unpublished Roman grave inscriptions from the 3rd century
A.D. (nos. 32-45). A previously unknown Early Byzantine grave inscription
fragment (no. 46) from the Village Karahasanlar is also discussed. In
Chapter 3, 21 previously published Roman votive (nos. 47-51) and grave
inscriptions (nos. 52-68) from the chora are treated in detail. Most of
these inscriptions were not illustrated when first published and are
presented here for the first time with photographs.
Chapter 4 has an index of personal names as well as a short overwiev on
onomastics. Chapter 5 comprises a completed concordance by Michael
METCALFE, as well as an overview of all previously known inscriptions from
Hadrianopolis. Chapter 6 is dedicated to unpublished masons marks (nos.
69-96) that were collected from three different contexts in the chora of
Hadrianopolis. In Chapter 7 inscriptions on small finds from E. LAFLIs
excavations in Hadrianopolis (nos. 97-101) are examined. In Chapters 8 and
9 inscriptions from elsewhere in Paphlagonia are considered. Chapter 10 is
dedicated to the results of the study.
To purchase the book: http://www.archaeopress.com/