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It was with considerable hesitation that I acceded to the request from the journal's Review Editor to review all nine volumes of this remarkable corpus. This will necessarily be a partial and personal view, since I am not competent to evaluate all of its aspects or the full extent of its impact. For this reason, the review is written unashamedly in the first person. I can, however, write from the very particular perspective of someone who has brought to fruition a similar, if much more modest, project: a second edition of the Corpus Vasorum Arretinorum (OCK). For those who do not know it, this is a catalogue of names on Italian terra sigillata, compiled by August Oxé between 1896 and 1943, finally brought to publication by Howard Comfort in 1968 and revised, enlarged and brought into the digital age by myself between 1992 and 2000.



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Camodeca, G. 2006: ‘Graffito con conto di infornata di sigillata tardo-italica da Isola di Migliarino’, in Menchelli and Pasquinucci 2006, 207–16
Ettlinger, E., Hedinger, B., Hoffmann, B., Kenrick, P.M., Pucci, G., Roth-Rubi, K., Schneider, G., von Schnurbein, S., Wells, C.M., and Zabehlicky-Scheffenegger, S. 1990: Conspectus Formarum Terrae Sigillatae Italico Modo Confectae, Bonn
Kenrick, P. 2006: ‘Italian Sigillata: the view from Arezzo’, in Menchelli and Pasquinucci 2006, 201–6
Menchelli, S., and Pasquinucci, M. (eds) 2006: Territorio e produzioni ceramiche: paesaggi, economia e società in età romana, Pisa
OCK (Second Edition) 2000: Oxé, A. and Comfort, H., Corpus Vasorum Arretinorum: a Catalogue of the Signatures, Shapes and Chronology of Italian Sigillata. Second Edition, completely revised and enlarged by Kenrick, P., Bonn
Oswald, F. 1931: Index of Potters’ Stamps on Terra Sigillata “Samian Ware”, East Bridgford
Tyers, P. 1996: Roman Pottery in Britain, London


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