Archaic Greek culture : history, archaeology, art and by Sergey Solovyov

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1–3, 5) and in the nearby Akpinar necropolis (current excavations B. Hürmüzlü, kind information of 38 The Contribution of Archeometric Results to Our Understanding of Archaic East-Greek Trade Ionian ‘Late Wild Goat’ stage, as well as some blackglazed oinochoai of Karydi’s ‘schwarzbunt’ type. There is a strong probability that the producer was a harbour-city and if so, Cyme does appear to be the main prospective candidate. However, one must beware of hasty conclusions: the possibility of one further pre-Roman Phocaean group, using clays different from those of ‘Late Roman C’ wares, cannot be entirely excluded.

Although this region sees the closest point between the Anatolia and Cyprus, the coastal lands here are narrow. More attractive must have been the resources of the Taurus Mountains, such as timber for shipbuilding (cedar and pine) and iron ore (Zoroğlu 1994a, 3–4, 73). Walls deep down in the lower city attest to the 6th century BC town, destroyed, or badly damaged, by fire. By this time Kelenderis had passed into Persian control (Zoroğlu 2005). But despite its protected harbour, the Persians’ preferred base in the region is thought to have been Meydancıkkale, a fort perched on a rocky spur some 15 km inland (Davesne and LarocheTraunecker 1998).

In fact, the inscription on the amphora seems to mention individuals with Greek names, but is written according to the rules of Sicel phonetics (tamura or eurumakes) (Montagna di Marzo 1978, 3–62; Agostiniani 1991, 33–4) and the use to which it was put was drinking (Prosdocimi 1995, 68–73). We might add some other epigraphical evidence showing possible bilingualism, with texts written in native tongues but with words of possible Greek type (emi, tode)4, or the interesting case of the funerary epigraph of Comiso (6th century), written in Greek, where an individual relates how he has buried his parents, at least one of whom (the father) carries a Sicel name (Pugliese Carratelli 1942, 321–34; Dubois 1989, 140–1 [no.

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