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Title: The Late Roman Unguentaria of Sagalassos
Author(s): DEGEEST, R. , OTTENBURGS, R. , KUCHA, H. , VIAENE, W. , DEGRYSE, P. , WAELKENS, M.
Volume: 74 Issue: Date: 1999
The city of Sagalassos, the ruins of which are situated on the western slopes of the Taurus mountain range in southern Asia Minor, was already a town in its own right when Alexander the Great subdued it by force in 333 B.C. After this event the city remained in existence for nearly a millennium until it was finally abandoned somewhere around the middle of the 7th century. The site has been undergoing excavation by an international team directed by M. Waelkens since the beginning of the nineties. Among the many finds a series of slender fusiform vessels, called “Late Roman Unguentaria” by J.W. Hayes, have always attracted attention in Sagalassos, because they are so distinctive when compared to the usual Sagalassos wares. The local products, both common and fine, are of a different nature, as far as ware fabric composition, colour and other descriptive elements are concerned. In 1993, a first preliminary report on the presence of these unguentaria was presented in the Sagalassos series of excavation reports. In the present report we wish to comment on the many examples that have come to light since then and on the additional research that has been done.