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Title: A Levantine Trade Diaspora at Pompeiopolis?
Author(s): OPAIŢ, Andrei
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 20    Date: 2021   
Pages: 81-97
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.20.0.3289530

Abstract :
Ancient Pompeiopolis has been under intensive excavations by a multinational team since 2006. Studies on its coarse wares (amphorae, kitchenware and storage vessels) have already been published. The overwhelming dominance of certain Levantine amphora-types, mainly LRA 4, as well as the presence of special lids with roots in the Levant, strongly suggest the existence of a ‘trade diaspora’ originating in that region. This specific type of trade diaspora has also been epigraphically documented at Puteoli, Ostia and Rome. As we lack this category of evidence at Pompeiopolis only pottery can enlighten us in this regard.

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