Book reviews
Book review , Content / 2018-11-08

Opuscula 11 (2018) is available for purchase at, Adlibris, Bokus and Distributed by ab. Books reviewed in Opuscula 11 (2018) Floris van den Eijnde (Utrecht University) | X. Charalambidou & C. Morgan (eds.), Interpreting the seventh century BC. Tradition and innovation, Oxford: Archaeopress 2017. Viii + 460 pp., illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. ISBN 978-1-78491-572-8. Petra Pakkanen (The Open University in London) | A. Weststeijn & F. Whitling, Termini. Cornerstone of modern Rome (Papers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 65), Rome: Edizioni Quasar 2017. 162 pp., 120 figs. ISBN 978-88-7140-813-2. Patrik Klingborg (Uppsala University) | K. Wellbrock, Die innerstädtische Wasserbewirtschaftung im hellenistisch-römischen Pergamon (Schriften der Deutschen Wasserhistorischen Gesellschaft—DWhG—e.V., Sonderband, 14), Siegburg: DWhG 2016. 370 pp., 80 pls. ISBN 978-3-86948-521-8. Paavo Roos (Lund University) | R. Fleischer, Die Felsgräber der Könige von Pontos in Amasya (Istanbuler Forschungen, 56), Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth 2017. x + 155 pp., 122 figs. ISBN 978-38-03-01777-2. Gullög Nordquist (Uppsala University) | A. Bellia & C. Marconi (eds.), Musicians in ancient coroplastic art. Iconography, ritual contexts, and functions (Telestes. Studi e ricerche di archeologia musicale nel Mediterranea, 2), Pisa & Rome: Ist. Editoriali e Poligrafici, 216…

The stadion of Labraunda
Article , Content / 2017-12-02

Opuscula 10 (2017) is now available for purchase at,,, and The stadion of Labraunda By Paavo Roos Abstract The stadion of Labraunda is situated south-west of the sanctuary, above the Sacred Way down to Mylasa. As the terrain is not well suited for a stadion the ends had to be elongated by the addition of built-up ‘towers’; nevertheless the racecourse was rather short at 172 metres. It is situated on a slight slope, and in the middle of the northern side there are cuttings in the rock that may have been used for spectators; otherwise there are no provisions for such. There is a line of starting blocks at either end, more or less in their original place, although few of the blocks are exactly in situ and some of them are missing. They are large blocks and have one single continuous groove for the toes of the runner and square holes that separate the lanes. Evidently the number of lanes was 14, and each line was 1.38 m wide. There is nothing that can give an exact date of the establishment, but the outline of the wall structure as well as the historical evidence suggest…

The rock-cut chamber tombs of Labraunda

Opuscula 9 (2016) is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,, and The rock-cut chamber tombs of Labraunda By Paavo Roos Abstract The rock-cut chamber tombs form a very small percentage of the rock-cut tombs in Labraunda. The majority of these tombs, situated next to the sanctuary, were studied by Paul Åström in 1950 together with the sarcophagi; two improved from natural caves further from the sanctuary in both directions were found in a topographic survey conducted by Lars Karlsson in 2005, and finally one tomb at some distance away on the plain is also included in the article. The tombs are of various types and are probably to be dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. No finds have been recorded in them, either in 1950 or later. Bibliographical information Paavo Roos, ‘The rock-cut chamber tombs of Labraunda’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 9, Stockholm 2016, 271–284. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977798-8-3.

The water-mills on the Lamas River in Cilicia
Article , Content / 2012-12-02

Opuscula 5 (2012) is now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,,, and The water-mills on the Lamas River in Cilicia By Paavo Roos Abstract A water-mill establishment on the Lamas River in Cilicia was reported by travellers in the 19th century. It consisted of a series of parallel, horizontal-wheeled mills along an oblique rock face. It was the subject of examination in 1990 and a brief publication shortly afterwards. Due to its interesting and rather rare construction a more thorough publication is given here. Bibliographical information Paavo Roos, ‘The water-mills on the Lamas River in Cilicia’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 5, 123–131. Stockholm 2012. ISSN: 2000-0898 ISBN: 978-91-977798-4-5. Softcover, 204 pages.

A forgotten tomb at Hippokome and its neighbours
Article , Content / 2008-12-02

Opuscula 1 (2008) is out of print. Available for free download at Used copies might be available at and A forgotten tomb at Hippokome and its neighbours By Paavo Roos Abstract A rock-cut tomb in Hippokome on the Lyco-Carian border was overlooked in an earlier survey and is published here, together with an adjacent blind door and two niches with sockets for stelai beside it, and another tomb and a niche in the vicinity. Bibliographical information Paavo Roos, ‘A forgotten tomb at Hippokome and its neighbours’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 1, 137–144. Stockholm 2008. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977798-0-7. Softcover, 198 pages.

Opuscula Atheniensia 27 (2002)
Opuscula Atheniensia / 2002-12-01

Distributed by Astrom Editions. Contents Hans-Günther Buchholz | Arthur Milchhöfer, ein Verehrer und Führsprecher Schliemanns und “Die Anfänge der Kunst in Griechenland” (pp. 7-26) Katie Demakopoulou, Nicoletta Divari-Valakou, Ann-Louise Schallin, Gunnel Ekroth, Anna Lindblom, Monica Nilsson & Lena Sjögren | Excavations in Midea 2000 and 2001, with an appendix by Y. Bassiakos (pp. 27-58) Johan Flemberg | A female canon in Late Classical and Hellenistic sculpture (pp. 59-82) Jeannette Forsén, Björn Forsén & Lars Karlsson | The walls of Asea (pp. 83-104) Helen Mangou & Panayiotis V. Ioannou | Trends in the making of Greek copper-based artefacts during the prehistoric period (4000-1050 BC) (pp. 105-118) Gullög Nordquist | Pots, prestige and people. Symbolic action in Middle Helladic burials (pp. 109-135) Mirena Slavova | Mystery clubs in Bulgarian lands in antiquity. Greek epigraphical evidence (pp. 137-149) Helène Whittaker | Religion and power. The nature of Minoan influence on early Mycenaean religion (pp. 151-157) Book reviews Björn Forsén | E. Kourinou, Σπάρτη. Συμβολὴ στὴ μνημειακὴ τοπογραφία τησ (pp. 159-160) Johannes Siapkas | J. McInerney, The folds of Parnassos. Land and ethnicity in ancient Phokis (pp. 160-163) Paavo Roos | S.I. Rotroff, The Athenian Agora XXIX. The Hellenistic pottery: Athenian and imported wheelmade…