The Early Black-Figured Pottery of Attika in Context (c. 630-570 BCE)

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Setting as a starting point the introduction of the black-figure technique in Attic workshops at around 630 BCE, this book attempts a contextual analysis of Attic pottery until late in the first quarter of the sixth century BCE. The shapes and their functions, as well as the iconographic themes are explored through this perspective. This offers an interesting insight into funerary, cultic and profane activities in Athens and the Attic countryside, which is completed by an extensive study of the trade and distribution of Attic vases during this period. The result is a complete overview of early black-figure Attic production, enabling an afresh archaeological approach to late seventh-and early sixth-century Attic society.
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Biographical Note

Alexandra Alexandridou, DPhil (2008) in Classical Archaeology, Oxford University, has taught Classical Archaeology at the Universities of Peloponnese and Crete and she is working as part-time educational personnel at the Open University of Cyprus. She has published on seventh and sixth-century Attic burial customs, including “Offering Trenches and Funerary Ceremonies in the Attic Countryside. The evidence from the North Necropolis of Vari”, In: From Artemis to Diana. The Goddess of Man and Beast, Acta Hyperborea 12, Copenhagen 2009.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
List of
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Chapter One: Introduction – History of Research of Attic Black-Figure
Chapter Two: Attic Early Black-Figured Shapes
Mixing Vessels
Skyphos-krater
Egg-shaped krater
Column-krater
Lebes
Pouring Vessels
Louterion
Oinokhoe and Olpe
Drinking Vessels
Skyphos
Cup
Kantharos
Chalice
Transport Vessels
Amphora
Hydria
Loutrophoros
Lekane and Lekanis
Plate
Oil, Perfume and Cosmetic Containers
Lekythos
Aryballos
Exaleiptron
Amphoriskos
Pyxis
Conclusions
Attic “Korinthianising” Shapes and the Symposion
Illuminating Attic burial customs: Early black-figured shapes and offering trenches
Chapter Three: Attic Early Black-Figure Painters
The earliest generation of black-figure painters
The early sixth century
Mobility of potters and painters
Chapter Four: Attic Early Black-Figure Iconography
Heroes
Herakles
Perseus
Bellerophon
Meleager
Trojan Cycle
Peleus and Thetis
The Judgement of Paris
Akhilleus receiving armour from Thetis
Funeral Games for Patroklos
Departure of Antilokhos or of Amphiaraos
Warriors’ Duels
Deities
Hermes
Aglauridai
Potnia and Despotes Theron, as well as comparable figures
Mythological Figures
Silenoi and Nymphs
Harpyiai
Generic Scenes
Symposion and Komasts
Horses and Chariots
Processions of Women
Animals and Protomes
Animals
Animal and Human Protomes
Conclusions
Chapter Five: Distribution of Attic Early Black-Figured Pottery
Distribution within Attika
Domestic Contexts
Sanctuaries
Nekropoleis
Distribution outside Attika
Aigina
Korinthia
Central Greece
Islands
Northern Greece
Western Asia Minor and neighbouring islands
Eastern Mediterranean
North African coast: Egypt
Kyrenaike
The Black Sea area
Etruria
South Italy
Sicily
Southern France
Spain
Conclusions
Traders of Attic early black-figured pottery
Chapter Six: A Ceramic Approach to Early Archaic Attika
Appendix I: Catalogue of the Attic Early Black-Figured Vases
Appendix II: Distribution Tables
Appendix III: Distribution Maps
Appendix IV: List of Painters
Indices
Index I: Painters, Groups
Index II: Shapes
Index III: Sites
Index IV: Subjects and Iconographic Elements
Index V: General
Index VI: Museums and Collections
Illustrations 1–60

Readership

All those interested in Attic figure-decorated pottery, black-figured production, trade and distribution, early archaic burial customs, Archaic Attika

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