Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 5, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 5  
Name and quarry location: Thasian marble, marmo Thaso, most probably from Cape Vathy, Thasos (Thassos), East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece  
Geological description: Coarse-grained dolomite marble.  
Comments: The dolomitic Thasian marble was quarried mainly in the area of Cape Vathy, on the island of Thasos. The 'Romania' to which Corsi refers is the western part of the former Ottoman Empire (which included Macedonia), an allusion to its past allegiance to the Roman Empire. It should not be confused with the modern country of the same name.  
References: Bruno (2002b); Corsi (1845) 84; Koukouli ed. (1999); Mielsch (1985) 61, taf.19; Pensabene (2002) 208-212; Price (2007) 63  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 1. Statuary marbles  
Corsi's text: 18.5 Marmo greco livido. Marmor Thasium. marmo Tasio. ... giusta l'autorità di Erodoto fu dai Fenicj scoperto nell'isola di Taso posta nel golfo di Contessa sulle coste della Romanía che dal luogo della cava fu chiamato Tasio...  

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