Hellenistic and Roman Pottery from Hierapytna, Crete
Chapter Two: The Polis of Hierapytna
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The Polis of Hierapytna
Scholarly interest in Roman Crete has increased significantly during the past three decades. Lacking in this proliferation of research is a comprehensive assessment of the history and archaeology of the polis of Hierapytna. F. Guizzi (2001) produced a monograph concerned with the Hellenistic history of the city, but ended his discussion with the Roman conquest. For the Roman period there are brief treatments by G.W.M. Harrison (1993, 213–21) and I.F. Sanders (1982, 139–40). Some specific attention has been given to Hierapytna’s epigraphic (Baldwin Bowsky 1994, 2006), numismatic (Caramessini-Oeconomides and Kleiner 1975; Hackens 1971; Raven 1938; Stefanaki 2001, 2007), and sculptural finds (Apostolakou 1980; Bergmann 2010; Beschi 1985; Dörig 1994; Kane and Reynolds 1985; Portale 1992–3; Raftopoulou 1975), but little additional work has been completed. A primary goal of this study is to produce a thorough overview of ancient Hierapytna during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The city was the dominant polis of eastern Crete and one of the most important administrative centers on the island in antiquity.
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