Book reviews
Book review , Content / 2014-12-02

Opuscula 7 is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,, and Books reviewed in Opuscula 7 (2014) Kristian Göransson | G. Ceserani, Italy’s lost Greece: Magna Graecia and the making of modern archaeology, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012. 352 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-974427-5 & J. Arthurs, Excavating modernity: The Roman past in Fascist Italy, Ithaca & London: Cornell University  Press 2012. 232 pp. ISBN 978-0-8014-4998-7. Örjan Wikander | R. Spain, The power and performance of Roman watermills. Hydro-mechanical analysis of vertical-wheeled watermills (BAR-IS, 1786). Oxford: Archaeopress 2008, xiv + 107 pp. ISBN 978-1-4073-0217-1. Gullög Nordquist | T.F. Tartaron, Maritime networks in the Mycenaean world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-00298-2. Julia Habetzeder | Kunst von unten? Stil und Gesellschaft in der antiken Welt von der »arte plebea« bis heute (Palilia, 27), eds. F. de Angelis, J.-A. Dickmann, F. Pirson and R. von den Hoff, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom. Wiesbaden 2012. 184 pp. ISBN 978-3-89500-915-0. P.J. Rhodes | C.H. Lyttkens, Economic analysis of institutional change in Ancient Greece: Politics, taxation and rational behaviour (Routledge Explorations in Economic History, 58), London & New York: Routledge 2013. xiii + 188…

Dancing with decorum
Article , Content / 2012-12-02

Now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,,, and Dancing with decorum. The eclectic usage of kalathiskos dancers and pyrrhic dancers in Roman visual culture By Julia Habetzeder Abstract This article examines two groups of motifs in Roman visual culture: females modelled on kalathiskos dancers, and males modelled on pyrrhic dancers. Eclecticism is emphasized as a strategy which was used to introduce novelties that were appropriate within a Roman cultural context. The figures representing kalathiskos dancers and pyrrhic dancers were both changed in an eclectic manner and this resulted in motifs representing the goddess Victoria, and the curetes respectively. Kalathiskos dancers and eclectic Victoriae occur on many different media at least from the Augustan era and into the 2nd century AD. It is argued here that the establishment of these two motifs in Roman visual culture is closely related to the aesthetics which came to the fore during the reign of Augustus. Thereafter, both kalathiskos dancers and eclectic Victoriae lingered on in the Roman cultural context until many of the material categories on which they were depicted ceased to be produced. Unlike the kalathiskos dancers, the male figures modelled on pyrrhic dancers…

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