Stymphalos, Volume One: The Acropolis Sanctuary

Stymphalos, Volume One: The Acropolis Sanctuary

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Edited by Gerald P. Schaus
Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
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520 Pages 200 Images
ISBN 9781487520427
Published Nov 2015
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The buildings and artefacts uncovered by Canadian excavations at Stymphalos (1994–2001) shed light on the history and cult of a small sanctuary on the acropolis of the ancient city. The thirteen detailed studies collected in Stymphalos: The Acropolis Sanctuary illuminate a variety of aspects of the site. Epigraphical evidence confirms that both Athena and Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, were worshipped in the sanctuary between the fourth and second centuries BCE. The temple and service buildings are modest in size and materials, but the temple floor and pillar shrine suggest that certain stones and bedrock outcrops were held as sacred objects. Earrings, finger rings, and other jewelry, along with almost 100 loomweights, indicate that women were prominent in cult observances. Many iron projectile points (arrowheads and catapult bolts) suggest that the sanctuary was destroyed in a violent attack around the mid-second century, possibly by the Romans.

A modest sanctuary in a modest Arcadian city-state, the acropolis sanctuary at Stymphalos will be a major point of reference for all archaeologists and historians studying ancient Arcadia and all southern Greece in the future.

Gerald P. Schaus is a professor in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

List of Tables

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Introduction – Gerald P. Schaus (Wilfrid Laurier University, Archaeology and Classical Studies)

Chapter 1: Ancient Sources and Early Travellers – Gerald P. Schaus

Chapter 2: The Sanctuary: Site Description – Gerald P. Schaus

Chapter 3: Sculpture from the Acropolis Sanctuary – Mary Sturgeon (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Art)

Chapter 4: Coins from the Acropolis Sanctuary – Robert Weir (University of Windsor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

Chapter 5: Weapons: Catapult Bolts, Arrowheads, Javelin- and Spear-heads, and Sling Bullets – Christopher Hagerman (Albion College, History Department)

Chapter 6: Jewelry – Alexis Young (Wilfrid Laurier University, Archaeology and Classical Studies)

Chapter 7: Miscellaneous Small Finds – Gerald P. Schaus

Chapter 8: Iron Nails – Monica Munaretto (Wilfrid Laurier University, Archaeology and Classical Studies) and Gerald P. Schaus

Chapter 9: Pottery of Building A – Peter Stone (Newcastle University, Head of School of Arts and Cultures)

Chapter 10: Select Pottery – Gerald P. Schaus

Chapter 11: Lamps – Hector Williams (University of British Columbia, Greek Art & Archaeology)

Chapter 12: Loomweights – Laura Surtees (University of Pennsylvania, Classical Studies)

Chapter 13: Faunal remains – Deborah Ruscillo (Washington University in St. Louis, Anthropology)

Chapter 14: Human Skeletal Remains – Sandra Garvie-Lok (University of Alberta, Anthropology)


Works Cited



"Stymphalos: The Acropolis Sanctuary is a volume that will quickly take its place as a standard and seminal work of reference in the field. Documenting, in detail, the excavations, architecture, and small finds from the site of Stymphalos in the Peloponnese, Greece, it illuminates many aspects of Stymphalos, not least the cult practices of the sanctuary and its history, as well as providing much of direct relevance to the history of the ancient city as a whole. An essential acquisition for any major research library."

John Papadopoulos, Department of Classics, UCLA

“The detailed analyses of Stymphalos presented in this volume will make it an essential point of reference for future work in Greek archaeology of the 4th–2nd century BC. Stymphalos: The Acropolis Sanctuary marks a serious advance in state-of-the-art research.”

Alastair Small, Department of Classics, University of Edinburgh

‘This meticulously documented and amply illustrated book will be welcomed warmly by scholars interested in both Greek religion and the history of the region, and be envied for the completeness and speed of publication of such a broad corpus of excavated material.’

Jeannette Marchand, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, August 2015