School of Humanities, MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Manakidou, As. Professor E.
The subject of the present dissertation is the terracotta figurines of Amisos’ workshop which
is in its most productive period during Mithridates Eupator kingship. The study has been
focused on the figurines in relation with the economic, political and religious life of Amisos.
Aim of our research was to find out in what extent the city’s economy and culture as the
political circumstances, during the period of its activity, affected the production of the amisian
Before dealing with the main subject has been considered necessary an introduction
concerning the location, the geography, the foundation and the history of Amisos in order to be
understood the general historical and cultural context that effected the evolvement and the
activity of the terracotta workshop. Moreover, the following analysis of Amisos’ economy as
the description of the occupations and the products of the amisians demonstrate on the one
hand that the production and the exportation of the terracotta figurines were part of Amisos’
economy and on the other hand that the coroplasts of the amisian workshop represent through
the selection of their subjects the city’s economical life.
The forth chapter deals with the figurines as products of the amisian workshop. However, the
lack of scientific treatment coupled with the fact that the figurines are partly preserved and
have been diffused all over the world, impedes their study. Therefore their usage, the exact
place and the archeological context where they have been found, remain unknown.
Nevertheless, the study of the amisian workshop has reveal information concerning the
chronology of its activity, the typology and the subjects of the figurines as the contacts that
Amisos had with other Hellenistic terracotta workshops. The catalog of the figurines cited in
the dissertation includes sixty examples, which represent all types and subjects manufactured
in the workshop –protoms, masks, statuettes, figurines of gods and heroes and figurines with
subjects deriving from every day life. The selection of the figurines in the catalog is indicative
and representative of the production of the amisian workshop.
The study of the coinage, the cults worshiped in Amisos and the royal propaganda of
Mithridates Eupator is important for the better understanding of the figurines production. The
above led great impact on the selection of the types and subjects produced as the coroplasts
were affected by the cultural, economical and political environment they lived in.
In conclusion, the study of Amisos’ figurines demonstrates that the production of the
workshop part of the cultural, economical and political life of the affluent Greek city and that
the amisian workshop was sited among the most important Hellenistic terracotta workshops of