From skins to leather: tanning in ancient Greece
Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Villa Lante al Gianicolo
Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10
15 February 2023
Tanning and leather production in Roman antiquity has recently attracted increasingly scholarly attention. However, our knowledge on equivalent practices in Greek antiquity is far patchier and often ignored. This lecture provides an overview with insights to detail to tanning in Greek antiquity. It will cover terminological issues relating to skins, leathers and their processing, provides an overview of tanning procedures on the basis of ancient Greek textual, epigraphic, iconographic and material evidence, and discusses the connection between tanning and sanctuaries. In the end the questions concerning tannery archaeology in Greece will be addressed.
Dr. Petra Pakkanen, Finnish Institute of Athens