Archaeology’s Andrew Tharler has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “The Terracotta Altars of Morgantina: A Study of the Form, Production, Use, and Development of Arulae from Hellenistic Sicily”.
Andrew’s work is the first systematic and comprehensive study of ancient Greek terracotta altars, known as arulae. Arulae are household altars commonly found in the homes of Sicilians living during the Hellenistic period (late 4th– 1st century BCE).
Through a comprehensive study of altars from the Hellenistic city Morgantina, his work documents various types of terracotta arulae made for domestic use in ancient Sicily. This allowed Andrew to then consider their functional use in household cult practice. His dissertation was advised by Professor Astrid Lindenlauf.