Euripides and the Language of Craft


This first in-depth account of Euripides and the visual arts demonstrates how the tragedian used language to visual effect, whether through allusion or actual references to objects, motifs built around real or imaginary objects, or the use of technical terminology. The evidence presented in this study corroborates the concern for realism and the genre detail for which Euripides is parodied in Aristophanes' Frogs and presents him as a man of his time, like Socrates, fully versed in the ways and means of the visual arts as well as the verbal. In revealing the extent of the visual inclination of Euripides' language, this study reflects upon the larger dialogue between text and image, image and text.
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Biographical Note

Mary Stieber, Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, Princeton University, is Associate Professor of Art History at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is the author of The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai (Texas, 2004).

Review Quote

"Euripides and the Language of Craft is a long, extremely thorough, and overall successful study. Its results will be valuable to Euripidean scholars, more so to the specialist than to the novice. [...] this book advances and deepens our understanding of Euripidean language and poetic technique, and of the world in which Euripides lived and that inspired him. Mary Stieber is to be thanked for crossing disciplinary boundaries by bringing her art-historical and archaeological expertise to the study of Euripides, a poet most suitable for this kind of treatment, as this book makes clear. Markus Dubischar in BMCR, 04.05.2012

Table of contents


Chapter One: Architecture
Chapter Two: Sculpture
Chapter Three: Painting
Chapter Four: Ion
Chapter Five: "A Practiced Hand"


Works Cited

General Index
Euripides Passage Index


Scholars and students of Greek tragedy who are familiar with the Greek language; thus, primarily philologists, but also archaeologists, ancient art historians, and those interested in the relationships between literature and art