AIUK vol. 12 (2020): Great North Museum: Hancock - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 12 presents the first edition of a fourth-century Attic funerary monument in the collection of the Great North Museum: Hancock in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The iconography of this monument offers tantalising insights into the life and most likely premature death of Pantakles, the person named in the inscription. The stele was added to the Greek collection of the museum in 1980; we discuss the role of Professor Brian Shefton (1919-2012) in its purchase and the development of a public collection which has contributed greatly to the accessibility of Greek antiquities to the general public in the north-east of England.

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AIUK 4.2

AIUK vol. 4.2 (2020): British Museum. Decrees of the Council and Assembly - Stephen Lambert

This, the second part of our publication of the Attic inscriptions in the British Museum, contains new editions of the seventeen decrees of the Council and Assembly in the collection. All were acquired in Athens by UK aristocrats in the early 19th century and are published here in most cases together with other fragments of the same inscriptions still in Athens. The inscriptions offer a series of illuminating snapshots of the policy preoccupations of Athenian citizens across the entire span of Athenian decree-inscribing, from the early 5th century BC to the early 3rd century AD, and include important documents of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Athenian Empire as well as characteristic inscriptions of the 4th century BC and Hellenistic and Roman Athens. Introductory sections discuss the history of the collection and locate the inscriptions in the context of Athenian decree-inscribing and Athenian history more broadly. In addition to significant new epigraphical findings this edition includes reassessments of several major inscriptions.

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AIUK vol. 8 (2019): Broomhall - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

It is well-known that the majority of the “Elgin marbles” were transferred from the possession of the 7th Earl of Elgin to the British Museum in 1816 by an Act of Parliament. However, a relatively small number of antiquities remain in the ownership of the Elgin family. AIUK 8 publishes the five Attic inscriptions currently held in the collection of the 11th Earl of Elgin at Broomhall in Scotland (Fife). They were acquired by the 7th Earl probably during the second decade of the nineteenth century. All five are funerary monuments: 1 is a spectacular example of a painted classical funerary monument; 2 and 3 are excellent examples of classical funerary stelai. 4 is a funerary monument for an adherent of the Isis cult in Athens. 5 is a rare example of an Athenian sarcophagus bearing an inscription. In this publication we offer new readings and interpretations of these monuments, which illustrate different ways that funerary monuments might be re-used in antiquity.

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AIUK vol. 7 (2019): Chatsworth - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 7 publishes the two Attic inscriptions currently located at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire; also included in this paper is a third inscription which was known to be at Chatsworth in the twentieth century but is now lost. This is a diverse collection: there is one funerary lekythos, dating to the fourth century BC; a statue base of the second or third century AD, set up at Eleusis in honour of the Roman Empress Julia Domna; and a fragment of a public document, probably (we argue) a decree of the Athenian Assembly. We also discuss the history of the collection of antiquities at Chatsworth, and explore the various routes by which these inscriptions might have reached Derbyshire.

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AIUK 4.1

AIUK vol. 4.1 (2019): British Museum. Cult Provisions - Stephen Lambert

AIUK 4.1 is the first part of our publication of the Attic inscriptions in the British Museum, which is designed to supersede E. L. Hicks ed., Ancient Greek Inscriptions in the British Museum. Part I (Attika) (1874), as supplemented by the Attic material included in F. H. Marshall ed. Part IV. Section II (1916). This part contains new editions of three inscriptions of the 5th century BC which make cult provisions, a boustrophedon altar from the City Eleusinion, a sacrificial calendar, and the ordinances of the deme Skambonidai. In addition to updating the editions in the light of the progress of scholarship since 1874, including new fragments, we improve the current published texts of the inscriptions and make original contributions to their interpretation. We also discuss the history of their acquisition by the Museum in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the roles played by Richard Chandler, the Society of Dilettanti and Lord Elgin.

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AIUK vol. 6 (2019): Leeds City Museum - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 6 publishes a new edition of the inscribed fourth-century Attic funerary monument with relief in the collection of the Leeds City Museum and narrates the sequence of events by which it and a number of other antiquities were acquired by two young Yorkshiremen visiting Greece on the “Grand Tour” in 1817, and were eventually donated to the Museum of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society in 1863. An Appendix discusses another inscribed funerary monument in the collection, currently identified as Attic in most standard epigraphical reference works, but actually from the island of Rheneia by Delos.

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AIUK vol. 5 (2019): Lyme Park - Peter Liddel and Polly Low

AIUK 5 publishes new editions of the two Attic inscriptions at Lyme Park, Cheshire, both of them funerary monuments with relief sculpture dating from the fourth century BC. In addition to analysis of the monuments in their ancient context, the volume explores the engaging history of their acquisition in Athens in 1811 or 1812 by Thomas Legh and their display as part of his design for the Library of Lyme Park. AIUK 5 also discusses briefly the intriguing uninscribed piece of fourth-century Athenian sculpture depicting a seated man with comic masks, which is displayed in the same room.

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AIUK vol. 3 (2018): Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - Stephen Lambert

This, the third volume of AIUK, publishes new editions of the nine Attic inscriptions in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, seven of which are on display in the Museum’s Greek and Roman galleries. In addition to two Assembly decrees (1, 2), the collection contains the “Sandwich marble”, an important set of accounts of the sanctuary of Apollo on Delos (3). It also includes six inscribed Attic funerary monuments (4-9), and the discussions of the individual monuments are preceded by a general introduction to the major styles of private Attic funerary monument represented in the collection. The volume contains a number of new readings and fresh observations on most of the inscriptions discussed.

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AIUK vol. 2 (2018): British School at Athens - Stephen Lambert

This second volume of AIUK contains the fifteen Attic inscriptions in the collection of the British School at Athens, most of which once belonged to the nineteenth-century philhellene, historian of modern Greece and resident of Athens, George Finlay. Though modest in size, the collection offers a rich variety of insights into the life of our best documented ancient Greek city between the fifth century BC and the third century AD. It also offers representative examples of three major genres of Attic inscription: two Assembly decrees (1, 2); five dedications or statue bases (3, 4, 5, 6, 7); and seven funerary monuments (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15); in addition to a list of names, perhaps of donors, on a wall block (8). Three of the Attic funerary monuments, 9, 10 and 14, are on permanent display in the BSA entrance hall, and the remaining inscriptions are kept in the School’s museum collection.

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AIUK vol. 1 (2018): Petworth House - Stephen Lambert

This, the inaugural volume of AIUK, publishes the important hellenistic inscription in Petworth House. Dating to 108/7 BC it honours the maidens who worked on the robe (peplos) for the statue of Athena. Another small fragment of the same inscription is in the Epigraphical Museum, Athens. It is one of three similar inscriptions which date to around the same decade and seem to reflect a revival or reform of the arrangements for making the peplos, which was carried in procession and presented to the goddess at the Panathenaia festival. The names of the maidens are listed in a “roll of honour” at the bottom of the inscription. This and the lists of maidens in the other two inscriptions supply us with much of our information on the female members of elite Athenian families at this period.

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