Naukratis, Issue 6 (Google eBook)

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Egypt Exploration Fund, 1888 - 92 pages
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Page 29 - ... was discovered, and several pieces of lead ; also several large shells which must have been used for some practical purpose, probably to hold food or other necessaries. Two or three of these were plain tridacna shells. Here may be mentioned some curious minute saucers, sometimes with two handles, and lamps of various periods and shapes, including most of the prevalent Greek types. In one case an iron spear-head was found, but this was exceptional. Two or three graves yielded small amulets in...
Page 3 - The results of his special work will be found in the Appendix of this volume, and in the plate which he has drawn (XXIV.).
Page 55 - In the 23rd olympiad, Herostratus, a fellow-citizen of ours, was on a journey, and having sailed round many lands, he touched also at Paphos in Cyprus. There he bought a statuette of Aphrodite, a span high, of archaic style, and went off with it to Naucratis. Now when the ship was near Egypt a storm suddenly came on, and they could not see whereabouts they were ; so all of them took refuge by the image of Aphrodite, praying her to save them. And the goddess, with her wonted favour to the people of...
Page 9 - Egypt Exploration fund, and a supplementary excavation was made by the British school at Athens in 1899. A list of the temples of Naukratis is given by Herodotus (ii, 178); they were the Hellenion, common to all the colonizing cities, and those dedicated by the Aeginetans to Zeus, by the Samians to Hera and by the Milesians to Apollo. A temple of Aphrodite is also mentioned by Athenaeus. Traces of all these temples, except that of Zeus, or at least dedications coming from them, have been found in...
Page 55 - ... archaic style, and went off with it to Naucratis. Now when the ship was near Egypt a storm suddenly came on, and they could not see whereabouts they were ; so all of them took refuge by the image of Aphrodite, praying her to save them. And the goddess, with her wonted favour to the people of Naucratis, suddenly filled all the region about her with green myrtle, and made the ship full of the sweetest odour, when the crew had now given up hope in their severe sickness. They were at once freely...
Page 53 - Athens. 53 red also on a dark ground, that must be derived from Naukratis. This is, however, again only an isolated trait. On the whole, we must acknowledge that the pottery of Naukratis does not so much represent a stage in that transition from Oriental to purely Hellenic forms which is really the main subject of the early history of Greek ceramic art, as the most perfect and complete development of the decorative "oriental
Page 72 - Naukratite fabric (Naukr. \. p. 23). " But this scarab factory is not the oldest thing in the town. Two feet beneath it — and two feet take half a century to accumulate on an average — there is a burnt stratum, which underlies all the south half of the town. Everything out of this stratum is distinctly Greek and not Egyptian, and there is no trace of Egyptian remains in the earlier parts in question.
Page 25 - ... XVI. 5). These also had traces of colour, especially in the eyes. It is possible to fix with some precision the date of the coffins on which the gorgoneia were used. From the style, which, though already tending to mere prettiness, generally shows good and careful work, they would seem to belong to the end of the fourth century, or the earlier years of the Ptolemaic period. Fortunately, however, we have other evidence by which to test this view : with one of the masks 4 In this view I am confirmed...
Page 45 - ... up, in all probability as a picture to decorate the wall of the temple. If so, we may with yet more certainty regard this plaque as affording us invaluable information as to the style prevalent in the free paintings of the period — if indeed any existed in the sixth century which were not purely decorative in their subject and treatment.
Page 52 - ... Naukratite are only variations of the same type of pottery. But one supposition still remains possible. We have seen that two types so distinct as our A and B were both undoubtedly of local manufacture. May we believe that this " Cyrenaic " ware, though a different fabric, was also made at Naukratis ? I think that we must answer this question in the negative, for the reason I have mentioned above, the small proportion borne by the specimens discovered at Naukratis to the total number known. Till...

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