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The Cutter of Agora I 3238 and 4169

Stephen V. Tracy

in Athens and Macedon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233331
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233331.003.0011
The Cutter of Agora I 3238 and 4169

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The cutter of Agora I 3238 and 4169 was a very careful workman who made few inscribing errors. He usually inscribed letters that were rather small (ca. 0.005 m) with liberal interlinear spacing. With the exception of omega, he regularly inscribed omikron, theta, the loop of rho, and the central part of phi with straight strokes. The central part of phi is usually a neat rectangle. A list of inscriptions is offered here. The chapter also covers the publication of fragments from the Athenian agora. The facts presented suggest that considerations of cost, particularly those connected with the size of the slab of marble needed for a given text, were at times decisive regarding the use of stoichedon and interlinear spacing and indeed may have overridden the cutter's own preferences.

Keywords: Agora I 3238; Agora I 4169; cutter; inscriptions; Athenian agora; interlinear spacing

Chapter.  4206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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