Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 467-477 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-13 Lucreţiu MIHAILESCU-BÎRLIBA ABSTRACT Our main goal here is not to peruse the development of the sanctuary or its relation to the political setting as this would be a topic for further analyses. We intend to present in this article some preliminary observations on the mantic techniques, their use, evolution and the credibility of some sources.. KEYWORDS Moesia Inferior, pretorian cohorts, rural milieu, Roman army. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)
Divine and Human Interactions. Talking to Gods at Dodona
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 459-466 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-12 Iulian MOGA ABSTRACT Our main goal here is not to peruse the development of the sanctuary or its relation to the political setting as this would be a topic for further analyses. We intend to present in this article some preliminary observations on the mantic techniques, their use, evolution and the credibility of some sources.. KEYWORDS Dodona, oracle, mantic techniques, selloi, peleiades. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)
Apuntes para una ideología de la guerra y la paz en época Antonina: ¿tradición o cambio?
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 425-466 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-11 Andrés Sáez GEOFFROY ABSTRACT The aim of this article is to analyse the conception of war ideology and peace during the Antonine dynasty (96-192) by using comparative criteria. To the elements which survived from the 1st century are added new aspects specific to the 2nd century. The analysis was built on two levels, first, the narrative construction of war ideals and peace, and second, the numismatic presence of some values such as peace and victory, reflected by the interests and ideals of Roman Emperors. We are going to show that during the 2nd century there was an ideological diversification of topics related to war and peace, keeeping nevertheless certain symbols and ideals from previous times, all issues which led to a renewal of the idea of pax romana. KEYWORDS Ideología, pax romana, victoria romana, Antoninos. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)
The iconographical and mythological contexts of serpent(s)-fighting scene on the Old Assyrian seal impression from Kültepe (the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts I 2 b 1591)
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 403-423 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-10 ANASTASIA YASENOVSKAYA, VLADIMIR SHELESTIN, ALEXANDRE NEMIROVSKY ABSTRACT An impression of an Old Assyrian seal from Kültepe from collection of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow carries an image that was not recognized but by present authors and is of great interest as it depicts a scene of a hero’s battle with a serpent-like demonic character (most likely, this is a double or two-headed monster). Rarity of serpent-fighting scenes in the Ancient Near Eastern art makes it important to study the composition and plot of the impression in its traceable iconographical and mythological contexts, in order to establish its cultural connotations (Anatolian, Syrian, Mesopotamian), considering that Kültepe was the center of interaction and synthesis of several cultural traditions. It turns out that the closest iconographical and mythological parallels to the image in study can be found in Eastern Anatolia and its(…)
Understanding technological innovations through experiment. Construction and testing of Chalcolithic pottery kilns
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 387-401 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-9 Felix-Adrian TENCARIU, Radu BRUNCHI, Stanislav ȚERNA, Ana DROB, Maria-Cristina CIOBANU, Andreea VORNICU-ȚERNA, Casandra BRAȘOVEANU, Denisa ADUMITROAIEI ABSTRACT Besides its contribution to understanding the formation process of large settlements and complex social organization in the late period of Cucuteni-Trypillia, the site of Stolniceni (Republic of Moldova) provided new data on the construction and spatial distribution within the site of pottery kilns. The extensive magnetic surveys revealed a large settlement, with more than 350 burnt dwellings, hundreds of pits, ditches, paths, and 19 kilns. Of the latter, four were excavated during the 2016-2018 campaigns. Three kilns were more or less similar in terms of sizes and construction, belonging to the “simple”, dual chambered, updraught type. The best-preserved of them already served as model for a published experiment conducted in 2017 near the Stolniceni archaeological base. The fourth provided several surprising building features, like six(…)
Preliminary considerations on the decoration of the anthropomorphic plastic from the Cucuteni A-B settlement of Băiceni – Dîmbul Morii (com. Cucuteni, Iași county).
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 375-386 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-8 Radu-Ștefan BALAUR ABSTRACT Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic plastics are often associated with complex manifestations of the spiritual life of Cucuteni communities. Therefore, knowledge and interpretation of anthropomorphic representations are necessary to have a better picture of the role played in the daily and spiritual life of prehistoric communities. The Cucuteni A-B settlement from Dâmbul Morii provides an important number of such pieces that will complete the data known so far. In this study, attention will be paid to plastic representations with painted, incised, and plastic decorations. Therefore, a batch of 27 anthropomorphic figurines was analyzed, some in a fragmentary state. Based on the decor analysis, a clear separation of figurines by gender was possible. KEYWORDS Cucuteni culture, phase A-B, Dîmbul Morii, antropomorphic figurines, painted decoration. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)
Greek rulers and imperial powers in Western Anatolia (8th–6th centuries BC1)
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 357-373 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-7 Mait KÕIV ABSTRACT The article explores the cultural and political interaction between the Anatolian kingdoms and the elites of the Greek poleis on the Anatolian coast, with special attention to Archaic Ephesos for which relatively good evidence for the relations with Lydia is available. It demonstrates how the neighbouring hegemonic monarchies provided imitable examples for the Greek elite leaders and offered real opportunities for claiming, legitimating and entrenching their power. This shows, on the one hand, how the elites on the fringes of an empire could profit from imperial power, how the mild influence of an empire shaped the internal order of the communities in its sphere of influence by promoting the position of the local leaders. On the other hand, this sheds light on the strategies used by empires for attaining control of strategically important points on their outskirts. KEYWORDS(…)
Gods in Wars: Divine Support and the Theological Justification of War in Ancient Anatolia and North Syria
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 331-355 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-2-6 Vladimir SAZONOV, Joanna TÖYRÄÄNVUORI ABSTRACT In this article, the authors examine the divine support and religious justification of wars by Anatolian and North Syrian rulers in the Late Bronze Age, an epoch of international diplomacy. Notable is that many wars and conflicts in the region of Anatolia and North Syria took place in this period, which may have occasioned an increasing need to justify them by appeal to divinities. KEYWORDS gods in war, justification of war, divine support, Anatolia, North Syria, Hittites, Ugarit, Alalakh. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)