Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
This study reassesses the evidence for the commercial function of the so-called magazines located on the west coast of Delos (Magasins alpha-gamma, the Magasins Ardaillon, Magasin delta, and the Magasin des Colonnes), dating to the Athenian colony period when Delos functioned as a free port (167-69 BCE). The magazines have never been fully published and their role in the economic life of the island during this period is not fully understood. In order to better understand their specific function, it is therefore necessary to reassess the current state of research on the magazines and to contextualize them in the corpus of Mediterranean commercial architecture. In order to do this, the accessibility, patronage, and typology of the magazines are considered, as well as four comparanda. Through this process, it is possible to identify new avenues for further research on the Delian magazines.