The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House Near the Classical Athenian Agora (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Symposium in Context Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Virginia, 2009.
- Published: 11 November 2011
- Format: Paperback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780876615461 ISBN 10: 0876615469
- Sales rank: 1,375,971
Full description for The Symposium in Context
This book presents the first well preserved set of sympotic pottery recovered from a household near the Athenian Agora. The deposit contains utilitarian and fine-ware pottery, nearly all the figured pieces of which are forms associated with communal drinking. The archaeological context allows the iconography of the figured wares to be associated with a specifically Athenian worldview, in contrast to Attic figured pottery made for export markets. Since it comes from a single house, the pottery reflects the purchasing patterns and thematic preferences of the homeowner. The multifaceted approach adopted here shows that meaning and use are inherently related, and that through archaeology we can restore a context of use for a class of objects frequently studied in isolation.