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Why innovate? Between politics, the market, and material culture at the dawn of eastern sigillata

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This paper considers the origin of Eastern Sigillata A (ESA) in its historical context. It argues that the reasons why, and the means by which, a new high-quality ware is developed and introduced deserve investigation no less than its subsequent pattern of distribution; that, in the light of the geopolitical context within which ESA was created in the mid-second century BC, its introduction may have resulted from decisions taken at the highest level; and that in a period of economic growth the increasing popularity of a ware does not necessarily indicate a fall in its status, since aspiration expressed through consumer choice may be as important as emulation and status differentiation.

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Shipley, DGJ, Why innovate? Between politics, the market, and material culture at the dawn of eastern sigillata, ed. Drougou, S, '9th Hellenistic Pottery Meeting' (Proceedings in Preparation)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Archaeology and Ancient History/Core Staff

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International Scientific Meetings on Hellenistic Pottery

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02/09/2013

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2010

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13/10/2015

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http://hellenistic-pottery.web.auth.gr/en/history-of-the-meetings-on-hellenistic-pottery/thessaloniki-2012/

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Drougou, S.

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