Why innovate? Between politics, the market, and material culture at the dawn of eastern sigillata
chapterposted on 2015-10-13, 09:20 authored by D. Graham J. Shipley
This paper considers the origin of Eastern Sigillata A (ESA) in its historical context. It argues that the reasons why, and the means by which, a new high-quality ware is developed and introduced deserve investigation no less than its subsequent pattern of distribution; that, in the light of the geopolitical context within which ESA was created in the mid-second century BC, its introduction may have resulted from decisions taken at the highest level; and that in a period of economic growth the increasing popularity of a ware does not necessarily indicate a fall in its status, since aspiration expressed through consumer choice may be as important as emulation and status differentiation.
CitationShipley, DGJ, Why innovate? Between politics, the market, and material culture at the dawn of eastern sigillata, ed. Drougou, S, '9th Hellenistic Pottery Meeting' (Proceedings in Preparation)
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