Having as starting point a thorough investigation of the early Byzantine material
from the town of Delphi, we examine in this paper the relations of this precise local
production with other (supposed or well known) local productions of neighbouring
or distant cities like Athens, Corinth, Demetrias and Nea Anchialos as well as the relations
between the two most important centres of pottery production (Corinth and
Athens). We attempt also to clarify the role of the imported pottery and its impact
on the local wares. A last question to be examined is that of the self-sufficiency of the
small provincial towns of Greece in the second half of the 6th century AD.
It seems that from the 2nd to the 4th century AD, the big centers of ceramic production
export their products to smaller towns like Delphi, which at the same time export
some of their own productions to other cities. The exchanges in terms of the
products themselves become rare from the 5th century AD onwards, as local productions
of the smaller cities become more and more flourishing and independent.
But, surprisingly, the relations between all the workshops of the Greek mainland remain
constant, this time in terms of creative exchanges or mutual imitations. Even
at the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th century AD, at a moment when
commerce, transports and communication in general are considered to face many
difficulties, the local potters share a common repertory of motifs and adapt their
productions to the types in fashion. This repertory was mainly based on African or
Italian prototypes, which have been freely interpreted and with persistence on a
few particular motifs.
Αρχαιολογία, Πρωτοβυζαντινή περίδος, Κεραμική, Εργαστήρια κεραμικής, Απομιμήσεις