Book reviews
Book review , Content / 2017-12-02

Opuscula 10 (2017) is now available for purchase at,,, and Books reviewed in Opuscula 10 (2017) Fredrik Tobin | S. Bell & A. A. Carpino (eds.), A companion to the Etruscans, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2016. xxviii + 493 pp. ISBN 978-1-118-35274-8. Pedro Bentancour Garin | I. McPhee, Myth, Drama and Style in South Italian Vase-Painting: Selected Papers by A.D. Trendall (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and Literature PB 182), Uppsala: Åströms Förlag 2016. xxxix + 299 pp. ISBN 978-91-7081-205-7. Hedvig von Ehrenheim | G. Renberg, Where dreams may come. Incubation sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman world, vols. 1–2 (Religions in the Greco-Roman world 184), Leiden & Boston: Brill 2016. 1046 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-29976-4 (hardback set) ISBN 978-90-04-34621-5 (hardback, vol. 1) ISBN 978-90-04-34622-2 (hardback, vol. 2) ISBN 978-90-04-33023-8 (e-book). Bibliographical information ‘Book reviews’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 10, Stockholm 2017, 190–195. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977798-9-0.

Roof-tiles and tile-roofs at Poggio Civitate (Murlo)

Now available for purchase at,,, and Roof-tiles and tile-roofs at Poggio Civitate (Murlo). The emergence of Central Italic tile industry By Örjan Wikander, with contributions by Fredrik Tobin This book has various aims: presenting and discussing the roof-tiles discovered at Poggio Civitate, trying to reconstruct the many roofs they once covered, and outlining the general development of roof-tiles and tiled roofs in Central Italy during the period from c. 650 to 200 BC. Moreover, it also brings the author’s earlier studies of skylight-tiles and Archaic simas up to date. Five chapters present typological features of separate tile categories (Ch. I), distribution of terracottas (including the decorative ones) on various roofs (Ch. II), technical issues concerning the production of tiles, their placement on roofs and the collapse of these roofs (Ch. III), plastic and painted decoration (Ch. IV), and the conclusions that can be drawn concerning the chronology of the Poggio Civitate roofs together with a sketch of the introduction and early diffusion of tiled roofs in Central Italy (Ch. V). In one of the appendices letters and signs found on more than three hundred Poggio Civitate tiles are presented and discussed in detail. Bibliographical information…

Dissertation abstracts 2015–2016

Opuscula 9 (2016) is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,, and Dissertation abstracts 2015–2016 Richard Olsson | The water-supply system in Roman Pompeii, Lic. diss., Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University 2015. Fredrik Tobin | The chamber tombs of San Giovenale and the funerary landscapes of South Etruria, PhD diss., Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University 2015. Erika Lindgren Liljenstolpe | Sempronia’s song. Attitudes to women’s music-making in ancient Rome, PhD diss., Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University 2015. Linnea Åshede | Desiring hermaphrodites. The relationships of Hermaphroditus in Roman group scenes, Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg 2015. Astrid M.H. Nilsson | Johannes Magnus and the composition of truth. Historia de omnibus Gothorum Sueonumque regibus, PhD diss. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University 2016. Ingrid Berg | Kalaureia 1894. A cultural history of the first Swedish excavaion in Greece, PhD diss., Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University 2016. Lovisa Brännstedt | Femina princeps. Livia’s position in the Roman state, PhD diss., Department of Archaeology and Ancient history, Lund University 2016. Bibliographical information…

Labraunda 2012-2013

Opuscula 7 is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,, and Labraunda 2012-2013. A preliminary report on the work at the sanctuary. With a new reconstruction drawing of the sanctuary by Jesper Blid Kullberg and an appendix by Fredrik Tobin By Lars Karlsson, Jesper Blid Kullberg, Baptiste Vergnaud, Agneta Freccero & Fredrik Tobin Abstract This article is divided into two parts. In the first part, preliminary reports on the archaeological work conducted at the sanctuary during the years 2012 and 2013 is presented, and in the second part, two conservation projects are discussed. The first part includes a description of the excavations at the Split Rock by Lars Karlsson, an account of the excavations on the slope of the Monumental Tomb, a description of the work at the Akropolis Fortress gate by Baptiste Vergnaud, and a synopsis of the work at the M-Building. The second part starts with a report on the preparations for the stabilization of Andron A and continues with an account of the last two years of marble conservation by Agneta Freccero. The final report on the Exedra of Demetrios on the Temple Terrace will be presented separately…

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