Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas: Mediterranean Networks and Cyprus
Sponsored by Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, Nicosia. Under the auspices of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group
Monday, June 3, 2013 to Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

CFP Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus invites the submission of papers for a conference dedicated to the study of Hellenistic and Roman terracottas from the Mediterranean region.This conference is organised in the framework of a research project currently funded by the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation via the University of Cyprus. The project aims at establishing a more concrete scholarly discussion on the study of Hellenistic and Roman terracottas. In particular, by integrating different approaches of analysis, it aims to study the terracotta figurines from the “House of Orpheus” at Nea Paphos, tackling simultaneously the aforementioned issues for these later periods of Cypriot Antiquity. Additionally, through comparative studies with other Cypriot and Mediterranean sites, this project proposes to examine continuing and changing patterns of production, distribution and function of Cypriot terracottas, as a result of the interplay between local structures and incoming Ptolemaic and Roman socio-political and socio-cultural impositions.

In the context of this on-going project we organise this conference in order on one hand to present some of the material and preliminary results, and on the other in an attempt to introduce the “House of Orpheus’ figurines, within their broader socio-cultural and socio-political Cypriot and Mediterranean contexts. We, thus, welcome contributions related to material (both large and small scale terracottas) not only from Cyprus, but also from the wider Mediterranean region. Building on the International Symposium ‘Figurines in Context: Iconography and Function(s)’, held in December 7-8, 2011 in Lille, the purpose of a meeting with such a wide perspective is to gather reliable evidence from well-known archaeological contexts (e.g. sanctuaries, burials, houses) that will shed light on the function of Hellenistic and Roman terracotta figurines and their associated technology and iconography.

The conference will focus on: (1) The typological and iconographic analysis of terracottas; (2) Technological studies focusing on fabrics, slips and pigments; (3) Issues of chronology, technology of manufacture, provenance and distribution; and (4) The contextualisation of terracottas within their individual depositional intra-site and extra-site contexts.

Proposals for presentations could focus on one or more of the following research questions:
What are the similarities/differences between the deposition of Hellenistic and Roman terracottas in different contexts (i.e. sacred, funeral and domestic)?
Do the meanings of the object change according to the context and/or the period?
How can spatial analysis (both intra-site and across a wider range) of terracottas contribute to the identification of their distribution and function?
What is the relationship between Hellenistic/Roman technological and iconographic traditions with the earlier (Archaic and Classical) local traditions?
What is the impact of local traditions and what are the levels of cultural transmissions and transformations?
Can we determine and distinguish between locally produced and imported terracotta figurines?
Can we notice any differences in the function of locally produced and imported terracotta figurines?
What is the impact of comparative studies when studying Hellenistic and Roman terracotta figurines?
How do the disciplines of anthropology, natural and computer sciences (e.g. archaeometry, digital humanities etc.) help in the better understanding of both the function and the manufacture/distribution of Hellenistic and Roman terracotta figurines?

Abstract Submission
Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words should be submitted by 31 January 2013 to papantoniou.giorgos@ucy.ac.cy in Word format including:
First Name
Phone number
Email address
Title of the paper
You should be informed of the outcome of your abstract submission by 17 February 2013.

The official language of the workshop is English. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. A draft version of the paper should be submitted by 30 April 2013. The papers will be read in advance of the meeting by a specialist who has undertaken the role of discussant. It is hoped that, in this way, there will be a meaningful discussion and contextualisation of the terracottas presented.

Conference Expenses
Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. There will be no registration fee and, during the conference, lunch and coffee will be offered by the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus.

For the consistency of the volume we would advise you to address in the best possible way at least some of the research questions posed above. The peer-reviewed papers will be published in the form of an edited collection of studies and not as the proceedings of a conference. Acceptance for presentation of a paper, therefore, does not guarantee acceptance for publication.
Prof. Demetrios Michaelides
Dr Giorgos Papantoniou
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou

Contact Information
Dr Giorgos Papantoniou


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