The paper aims at analyzing the location and the range of production of the coroplasts’ workshops in ancientAkragas. While the amounts of figurines and reliefs belonging to several distinctive types, which were discoveredduring the excavations made in the ancient town especially in the sanctuaries, testify the success of the localworkshops, a category of objects, the molds for figurines and relief decorations, is more revealing about the manufacturingdistricts and the repertoire at disposal of the craftsmen. Roughly 130 molds have been found till now atAgrigento. While some rather scattered pieces are not a proof of the presence of a workshop on the same spot(Porta I, ‘Punic Quarter’ near Porta II, ‘Hellenistic-Roman Quarter’ and S. Nicola district, surroundings of thetemples of Concordia and Hercules), and/or need a more nuanced interpretation (area S/SE of the Olympieion), inthe area immediately S of the ‘Sanctuary of the Chthonian Deities’, just before the city wall, the activity of an importantworkshop serving the near sanctuaries is well documented. Here the majority of the molds discoveredshow the evolution of the coroplastic art during 6th-4th centuries B.C. in relationship with the local votive practices.
|Title of host publication||La città che produce. Archeologia della produzione negli spazi urbani|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|