The Art of the Hekatompedon Inscription and the Birth of the Stoichedon Style


The purpose of this book is to present the Hekatompedon Inscription at Athens ( IG I³ 4) as a major monument of Greek art, legitimately on a par with more famous landmarks of the Greek aesthetic tradition like the Parthenon Frieze. Inscribed most probably in the middle of the decade that saw the Greek response to the Persian invasion, the Hekatompedon Inscription has long been recognized for its historical and religious importance. This study looks at the inscription on its own terms: the unique fusion of its visual and textual content in that most Greek of epigraphical layouts, the stoikhedon style. Such an approach leads to the question of origins: where and why was the stoikhedon style formulated and where does the Hekatompedon Inscription stand in that development? Egypt’s influential system of proportions and use of grids will be considered determinative for the very first time.
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Biographical Note

Patricia A. Butz, Ph.D. (1995) in Art History, University of Southern California, is Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has published extensively on the palaeographic and visual components inherent in classical inscriptions, most recently "Inscription as ornament in Greek architecture" in: Structure, Image, Ornament: Architectural Sculpture in the Greek World (Oxbow, 2009).

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of
Bibliography and Abbreviations

Chapter One The Alphabet of the Hekatompedon Inscription
Chapter Two The Stoikhedon Arrangement of the Hekatompedon Inscription
Chapter Three Punctuation and the Hekatompedon Inscription as Sacred Law
Chapter Four The Hekatompedon Inscription and the Origins of the Stoikhedon Style
Chapter Five The Hekatompedon Inscription and the Definition of the Stoikhedon Style
Chapter Six The Hekatompedon Inscription as Monument and Masterpiece

Appendix One Catalogue of Fragments for Metope A of the Hekatompedon Inscription
Appendix Two Restored Text for Metope A of the Hekatompedon Inscription
Appendix Three Restored Text for Metope B of the Hekatompedon Inscription
Epigraphical Index
General Index


All those interested in epigraphy, palaeography, cross-cultural aesthetics of the ancient Mediterranean basin (specifically Greece and Egypt), and Athenian religion,

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