Importazione e uso della ceramica attica a figure rosse a Ruvo di Puglia nel tardo V e agli inizi del I V secolo a.C.

  • Giada Giudice Gerda Henkel Stiftung Fellow Münich Universität


We would like to focus our attention on the imports of
red-figure Attic pottery in Ruvo di Puglia, an indigenous
site of Peucezia, in the last decade of the 5th and the begin-
ning of the 4th century BC. If, in fact, it may be considered
an established fact that there was a strong decrease in the
export of figured Attic pottery from around 420 BC in all
Magna Graecia and Sicily, an exception seems to be repre-
sented by Ruvo di Puglia, where the quantity of imported
pottery, in contrast, seems not only to increase in the last
quarter of the 5th and, even more so, in the first quarter of
the 4th century BC, but document a direct link between
the Athenian Kerameikos (or at least the tradersmen) and
the Peucetian city. The significant number of vases is an
indication of the phenomenon, including the kantharoi
(a special native peucetian shape) of the Class and Group
Bonn 94A, the rhyta and the figure vases of different
shapes of the W Class and Persian Class, the askoi and the
several cups, almost all of the stemless type, which have
not yet been compared in any other site of Magna Graecia,
but also of Tyrrhenian Etruria and along the mid and high
Adriatic coast. Our aim is to investigate the reasons for
this trade trend and to explain the function of Attic im-
ports in the reconstructed contexts.

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