Modelling the decorative patterns of a Geometric oinochoe. An interpretative approach using chess-related terminology and metaphors


  • Gioulika Christakopoulou Ephorate of Antiquities of Achaia, Patras, Greece


During an archaeological research conducted in Patras/Achaea in 2000 on a property owned by the company N. Giannopoulos - P. Angelopoulos, an ancient funerary road was discovered. This road, known from previous excavations, had a direction north-south and crossed the northern cemetery before continuing as a via publica that led to Aigion and Corinth. In the southern part of the property, a funerary enclosure (measuring 10.50 x 7.70 meters) was also found that may not have been directly connected to the ancient road. In the northwest internal corner of the enclosure, a rectangular chamber was discovered, which was contemporary with the funerary enclosure. During the excavation, thirteen tombs were investigated, including tile-roofed and built cist tombs from the later Roman period, as well as eight funerary urns.


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How to Cite

Christakopoulou, G. (2023). Modelling the decorative patterns of a Geometric oinochoe. An interpretative approach using chess-related terminology and metaphors. Journal of Greek Archaeology, 8, 172–202. Retrieved from



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