Dum lucet - bibamus sodales, (how) do we archaeologists understand the ancients?
Keywords:Slovenia, archaeology, interpretation
The discussion is based on the interpretation of three archaeological finds in Slovenia: I. Can a glirarium serving as an urn in a 2nd-century incinerated grave also be understood as a symbol of eternal life? II. A partially preserved 2nd-century marble statue of a tragic heroine, identified by the author as Dido, has been interpreted by H. G. Frenz asa representation of Medea. However, the small figures attached to the well-carved, even if badly preserved work cannot possibly represent Medea's two young children, since one ofthem clearly shows an elderly, high-ranking man ofvalue. Either this is a new, unfamiliar detail from the Medea story, or the heroine is not to be identified with Medea after ali. III. Drinking vessels, decorated with realistk figures and (or) long inscriptions (bronze vessels, mainly imported, dating from the lst century B.C. to the lst or 2nd century A.D.; glass beakers with reliefs and incarvings from the lst and 3rd centuries; Samian ware - terra sigillata; an ACO beaker with a long inscription; thin wal!ed pottery; face beakers), as well as locally produced house urns and a selection of pots with figures or inscriptions are analysed in regard to how much the decoration reflects their practical use (rare) or use for religious (private much more often than public, especially cemeterial) purposes.
How to Cite
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors are confirming that they are the authors of the submitting article, which will be published (print and online) in Keria by Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia). Author’s name will be evident in the article in journal. All decisions regarding layout and distribution of the work are in hands of the publisher.
- Authors guarantee that the work is their own original creation and does not infringe any statutory or common-law copyright or any proprietary right of any third party. In case of claims by third parties, authors commit their self to defend the interests of the publisher, and shall cover any potential costs.
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.