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Title: Eastern Sigillata A in Italy
Subtitle: A socio-economic Evaluation
Author(s): MALFITANA, Daniele , POBLOME, Jeroen , LUND, John
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 80    Date: 2005   
Pages: 199-212
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.80.0.630025

Abstract :
This paper takes a fresh look at the distribution of eastern sigillata A in Italy. The attested pattern is explained against the contemporary political, socio-economic and cultural background of the growing impact of Rome in the eastern Mediterranean. Especially in its early stages, the trade in eastern sigillata A formed part of wider patterns of dialectic exchange. In this way, the paper illustrates how the consumption of household artefacts could reflect and interact with wider processes, elevating eastern sigillata A to the status of desirable surrogate. Finally, a possible association with Rhosica vasa is suggested.

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