CFP: Unguentarium Symposium

The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing an international symposium entitled “Unguentarium: A terracotta vessel form and other related vessels in the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine Meditterranean” that will take place on May 17-18, 2018 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. The first circular of this symposium as well as its poster are attached.

An unguentarium is a small ceramic or glass bottle, found in relatively large quantities in the entire Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria and Egypt to France, where they were produced from the early Hellenistic to the early Medieval periods. In this symposium we only focus on terracotta unguentaria between c. mid fourth century B.C. and mid sixth century A.D., and attempt to set out a comprehensive model for the study of terracotta unguentaria, including their definition, typology, chronology, contexts, function, regional characteristics, and distribution patterns in the whole Mediterranean geographies, including eastern Mediterranean, Roman provinces in the western Mediterranean, north of Alps (Germania and Britannia etc.) and north Africa.

We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this vessel form. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on May 19-21 to Lesbos, Greece through Ayvalik.

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2018. Our e-mail address are: or

For more updates on this symposium:

Best wishes from Izmir,
Dr Gulseren Kan Sahin

Unguentarium First Circular – English – Notice
Unguentarium Poster