ISSN: 1309-8780
e-ISSN: 2822-3985

Vedat Keleş1, Ersin Çelikbaş2

1Ondokuz Mayıs University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Archaeology, Samsun/TÜRKİYE
2Karabük University, Faculty of Letter, Department of Archaeology, Karabük/TÜRKİYE

Keywords: Apollo, Figurine, Mould, Parion, Terracotta, Troad.


The ancient city of Parion lies on the coast of the Dardanelles in Turkey and is blessed with two natural harbours; it thus sits in an extremely important geopolitical location. The city experienced a golden age in the imperial Roman period as a religious and cultural centre. In 2006 a terracotta figure mould was found on the surface in the vicinity of Taşkule. The mould produces an Apollo figure. . According to Strabo and Apollon Aktaios legend seen on the local coins dated to 165-160 BC, the existence of an Apollo cult at Parion is known. In addition to its important association with the cult of Apollo at Parion, the mould also offers some information about ceramic production in the city. No other evidence related to the production of ceramic or terracotta figures has been discovered since excavations commenced in 2005. The mould is also stylistically important. The stylistic features indicate a date in the late Classical period. On the basis of its iconography and stylistic features, the figure may represent Apollo Patroos.