The Italian Sigillata
Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs
A detailed description of site findings from one of the most important sources on Republican and Early Imperial Etruria


This book details Professor Moevs' findings of Italian Sigillata pottery at the Cosa excavation site, an invaluable source of information on Roman colonization, urbanism, and daily life since excavation began in 1948. The exceptional external conditions at Cosa preserved archaeological levels of natural strata from the early and late first century B.C., allowing documentation of the earliest phases of Italian Sigillata, which quickly became a major empire-wide export. This widely used pottery went through many changes in color and presentation during the Roman Colonial era, in response to various transitions and developments in Roman society. The research presented in this volume of the series from the American Academy in Rome will be of great interest to the archaeological and classical studies community.

Maria Theresa Moevs is Professor Emerita of Classics, Rutgers University and author of The Roman Thin Walled Pottery from Cosa (1948-1954).

Praise / Awards

  • "This book will be as valuable to scholars of Italian sigillata as the Conspectus (1990) and Kenrick’s updating of Oxé-Comfort (2000). Moevs first charts the chronology of the ware from its introduction to its demise by applying the most recent scholarship on vessel forms and potters to stratified groups of plain forms, mostly of Arretine manufacture. Secondly, she applies her immense scholarly expertise to the iconography of the relief-decorated forms. It is unusual and gratifying to find such a wealth of cultural insight in an archaeological report on pottery."
    —Joann Freed, Professor and Chair Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • "The publication of the Italian sigillata from this important Roman colony in Italy has been long-awaited. This detailed presentation for the early and late years of Etruscan sigillata production will become an essential reference that will enable scholars to evaluate and identify their finds."
    —Kathleen Slane, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia

  • "Well-organised and easy to use, this lavishly illustrated catalogue of dated Italian sigillata will be of lasting value to specialists."
    —Roberta Tomber, Visiting Fellow, Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science, The British Museum

  • "This book clarifies our knowledge of the development of Early Italian terra sigillata, and will be a standard source for scholars interested in that pottery. Professor Moevs has expanded our knowledge of the sources of Arretine relief iconography; this text is of vital importance for our understanding of that class of vessels."
    —Dr. Shelley C. Stone, Chair, Program in Liberal Studies, and Professor of Art History, California State University-Bakersfield

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  • 8.5 x 11.
  • 296pp.
  • 250 B&W photographs, 5 maps, 3 four-color plates pages.
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  • 2006
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  • 978-0-472-11551-8

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