Agora Publication: Agora XXV
Title:   Ostraka
Author:   Lang, L.
Abstract:   The scraps of pottery on which were written the names of candidates for ostracism are one of the most intriguing pieces of evidence for ancient democracy found in the Athenian Agora. This book is a complete catalogue and discussion of these sherds. Chapter One discusses the history of ostracism in Athens with brief remarks about the “candidates.” Chapter Two concentrates on the physical evidence of the ostraka, their identification, appearance, and content. Chapter Three presents the groups in which most of them were found; their distribution is indicated on a plan of the excavation area. Chapter Four is the catalogue of 1,145 ostraka, arranged by candidates. To these pieces are appended the 191 ostraka, almost all nominating Themistokles, found by Oscar Broneer in a well on the North Slope of the Acropolis. A large number of the Agora ostraka are illustrated with line drawings, a representative selection with photographs.
Series Title:   The Athenian Agora: Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Publication Place:   Princeton
Publisher:   American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Volume:   25
Date:   1990
Page:   iii-v+vii+ix-xi+xiii-xvi+1-161+163-188
ISBN:   978-0-87661-225-5
DOI:   10.2307_3601998
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References:   Publication Pages (250)
Drawing: PD 2660 (DA 3941)
Image: 2002.01.2660
Objects (1,429)
Deposits (42)