Songs for Heroes: The Lack of Images in Early Greece

Irene Lemos

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI:
Songs for Heroes: The Lack of Images in Early Greece

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After the collapse of the palatial system, Greece lost some of the most important aspects of the culture of the Mycenae. The Greeks lost not only the ability to write, but also to create narrative art: both images and the written word disappeared from the archaeological record. This chapter refers to some examples from the site of Lefkandi in Euboea, which produces most of the imported material of this period. From a tomb dated to the end of the Protogeometric period comes a bowl that is probably from North Syria. Images of humans and animals were not only accessible from contemporary imports. Another important find from Lefkandi is the bronze amphora that was used as urn, and which contained the ashes of the first burial at the Toumba cementery.

Keywords: Greece; culture; Mycenae; narrative art; Lefkandi; bowl; images; amphora; burial; Toumba cementery

Chapter.  5494 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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