Excavations in the site of Gortyna brought to light some Ionic capitals related to Asia Minor models, dating from the second half of the 2nd century AD; they are realized either in imported marble or in the local one, carved in loco between the late 2nd and the early 3rd centuries. These capitals were reused in later buildings and often reemployed as building materials or re-functionalized in many ways. Their somehow unusual abundancy proves not only the success of the type in the Roman Crete capital, but also the flourishing activity of local craftsman ateliers from the second half of the 2nd century AD. The current article aims to describe the features of this local Ionic capital typology and the reason for their success, in the wider dialectic relationship between imported decorative models and local tradition.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|