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A New Book on Paphlagonia

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  • Ergun LAFLI
    Dear Colleagues, A new book of us on Paphlagonia has just been printed in Oxford: Ergün LAFLI/Eva CHRISTOF, Hadrianopolis I: Inschriften aus Paphlagonia
    Message 1 of 1 , May 26, 2012
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      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      Here is its abstract: This book is dedicated to the mostly unpublished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
      from Amastris.
      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 mason’s 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 LAFLI’s 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 mason’s 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. LAFLI’s
      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/

      Best regards,

      Ergün LAFLI
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