The Corinthian Pottery in Antandros

Tülin Serra Somersan

Ege University Institute of Social Sciences Classical Archaeology

The Corinthian Pottery in Antandros, Master’s Dissertation


The subject of this thesis, named “The Corinthian Pottery in Antandros”, is the corinthian pottery found in the ancient city of Antandros which is situated on the skirts of the Kaz (İda) Mountains in Edremit, Balıkesir. This kind of pottery was produced in the ancient city of Corinth, located to the north of the Peloponnessus peninsula in Greece, for more than 200 years, from the mid 8th century BC to the end of the 6th century BC. This pottery was exported not only to the Aegean world but was also exported to the colonies. Other than linear designs, the black figure technique as very popular. Besides vases which were used as perfume bottles such as aryballoi and alabastra, vases with practical purposes such as kotylai and kraters held an imprtant place in corinthian pottery.

In this thesis, the chronology of corinthian pottery, its development of style, the vase forms and their development, the typology of the Antandros vases and their dating were studied and last of all, a catalogue of the Antandros vases has been added.

In this study, it has been seen that the corinthian pottery exported to Antandros are mostly dated to the Late Protocorinthian period which falls between the years 650-630 BC and the Early Corinthian period which falls between 620-590 BC. However, there are examples dated to earlier and later periods. The corinthian pottery was found mostly in the necropolis of Antandros, and most of the fragments belong to aryballoi, alabastra and kotylai. The corinthian pottery found in Antandros, also informs us on the relations of Antandros and Corinth.