Public life - Economy

This section is dedicated to the economic and political organization of ancient Corcyra and to aspects of the public life.

Factors, such as the agricultural and artisanal production of the island combined with its favorable geographic position on the routes of maritime trade to Italy, Sicily and the Adriatic, contributed to its economic development. Well-known exported products of the island were the oil and the wine, which were transported in locally produced amphoras. In the gallery there are displayed finds coming from pottery workshops, which produced not only amphoras and vessels but also tiles, figurines and looms weights.

Indicative of the wide trade network of Corcyra is the recovery in excavations of foreign, imported objects and respectively the presence of Corcyrean amphoras and coins in various cities of the Greek world and in regions as far as Italy, Africa and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. 

An important means of exchange for the Corcyreans since the end of the 6th c. BC and symbol of their autonomy and financial strength, was their coin. A collection of various Corcyrean mints, two numismatic treasures as well as coins of other cities, which were found on the island, are on display.

Corcyrean transport amphora. Late 6th-early 5th c. BC
Mould of a terracotta statuette depicting Artemis striding. 4th c. BC

Silver Corcyrean stater. 585-500 BC. On the obverse there is a cow suckling a calf, whereas on the reverse there are two stellate patterns of elongated form
Rim of an Attic black-figure crater showing Heracles' feat with Nemea's lion. 6th c. BC
         
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