The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery

Anthony Snodgrass

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:
The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery

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This chapter turns its attention to vase painting and finds evidence to support Aristotle's temporal distinction in general terms. The interplay of image and word had long been ubiquitous in the culture of ancient Greece. However, there are very few places where the two come close together as in the painted inscriptions on Greek vases: indeed, inasmuch as the inscription at times seem to be located with a view of filling gaps in the figure-scenes, the word can actually become a part of the image. This was a phenomenon that had a fairly rapid growth, then a pronounced peak, then a steady decline. The François Vase stands just at the point when the flood-gates were about to open on the inscribing of vase-scenes at Athens.

Keywords: vase-painting; Aristotle; image; word; culture; Greece; François Vase; Athens

Chapter.  5809 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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