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A reconsideration of red slip tableware at Pompeii

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posted on 2022-03-28, 16:35 authored by Jaye Pont
The assessment of red slip tableware at Pompeii has traditionally involved the study of pottery from AD 79 contexts housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and storerooms of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These collections represent only a partial view of the ceramics in use in Pompeii because they reflect the priorities and values of past excavators, who customarily retained only well preserved or interesting vessels. Pompeii provides an important chronological marker in the study of Roman ceramics and it is therefore crucial that the pottery in use in the city is comprehensively and accurately documented. This thesis investigates red slip pottery found in pre-AD 79 contexts in two regions of the city. The systematic and detailed examination of these ceramics has enabled a comprehensive and scientific assessment of red slip pottery found at Pompeii. Determination of the provenance of this tableware enhances current knowledge and understanding of local, regional, and inter-regional trade patterns operating in Campania. Examination of the distribution of red slip pottery throughout an entire city block reveals distinct patterns in the use of these ceramics within Pompeian society. The results of this thesis furnish new insight into the production and evolution of red slip tableware in Campania and highlight the significance of this ceramic production to the economy of Pompeii and Campania.


Table of Contents

Abstract -- Acknowledgements -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: Review of previous studies -- Chapter 3: Fabrics -- Chapter 4: Catalogues -- Chapter 5: The manufacture of Campanian red slip ware -- Chapter 6: Preliminary study : distribution of red slip tableware, Regio VI, Insula 1 -- Chapter 7: Conclusions -- Bibliography -- Appendices -- CD-ROM: Database legend database Regio VI, Insula 1 database Regio VI, Insula 5.


"November 2006" Bibliography: p. 357-363 "This thesis is submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Department of Ancient History, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, Sydney". "Title photograph courtesy of Jennifer Stephens"--T. p. verso.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD) , Macquarie University. Division of Humanities. Dept. of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Dept. of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Rosalinde Kearsley

Additional Supervisor 1

T. W. Hillard


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Jaye Pont 2007 Complete version suppressed due to copyright restrictions. However, on receipt of a Document Supply Request, placed with Macquarie University Library by another library, we will consider supplying a copy of this thesis. For more information on Macquarie University's Document Supply, please contact






1 online resource (v, 364 p., [60] leaves of plates) ill. (some col.), maps

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