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3 Fonctions des terres cuites

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The inclusion of objects discovered in same contexts as terracotta allows to highlight religious practices which we consider personal or household and to show the specificity of terracotta in the assembly. The figurines of Greco-Roman period are issued from three different contexts: urban areas - whether it is houses, granaries, public or private baths - tombs or temples. The information concerning terracottas collected in funeral contexts is still too incomplete to allow a real comparative study, on one hand, between statuettes from ptolemaic necropolises and those of Roman tombs and, on the other hand, between the material discovered in tombs and that derived from urban areas. In the present state of the research, only a minority of terracottas results from temples. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: figurines of Greco-Roman period; ptolemaic necropolises; religious practices; Roman tombs; temples; terracotta; urban areas



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