Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The sakkos as an identifying element of the female status: a case study from Locri.

Sep 12, 2022, 12:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

on-line oral presentation S02. GREECE 2. SOUTHERN ITALY


Marianna Spinelli (University of Calabria )


The paper seeks to identify a female head depicted on a silver coin of Locri Epizephyrii through the analysis of its accessories. In particular, the study focuses on the sakkos, a typical attribute of female hairstyles in ancient Greece.
The research, adopting the LIN method, follows three phases: 1. Collecting evidence highlighting the distribution of sakkos in the ancient world; 2. Identification of characters depicted wearing this headdress during the Greek age; 3. Comparing similar attributes from other coin series.
As a final step the data is interpreted and used to identify the woman's status. Parallel to the coins, analysis is made also of a bronze ring deriving from Locrian excavations which has an iconography similar to the coin under study. According to the archaeological literature, the figure depicted on the ring is defined euchrua or "good looking".

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Marianna Spinelli (University of Calabria )

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