Reading Greek Vases

Reading Greek Vases

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by Ann Steiner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521732352

ISBN-13: 9780521732352

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Repetition and symmetry are the fundamental aesthetic principles underlying the shape and decoration of ancient Athenian vases. This book is the first comprehensive study of the role of repetition beyond its aesthetic value, and as part of a code that conveys meaning to the viewer. Relying on the theoretical background provided through information theory and

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Repetition and symmetry are the fundamental aesthetic principles underlying the shape and decoration of ancient Athenian vases. This book is the first comprehensive study of the role of repetition beyond its aesthetic value, and as part of a code that conveys meaning to the viewer. Relying on the theoretical background provided through information theory and narratology, Ann Steiner uncovers the different kinds of meaning that painters created through the use of repetition. Using the reading of painted verbal inscriptions as a springboard, she demonstrates how repetition of imagery in multiple fields of a vase can create narration, paradigm, exploration of perceptual and ideological point of view, and parody. Steiner shows how the results of repetition on Archaic Athenian vases reiterate the activities of the elite symposion and the broader cultural values of the elite Athenians. She provides an entirely new way to read ancient Athenian vases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521732352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Reading beyond aesthetics; 2. The meaning(s) of repetition: a primer; 3. Repetition and types; 4. 'Read Me': repetition as metadiscourse; 5. Reading writing; 6. Repetition and narration; 7. Repetition and paradigm; 8. Repetition, character, and perspective; 9. Repetition and parody; 10. Reading everything: six case studies; 11. Over and over: reading Greek vases in Symposion.

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Reading Greek Vases 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!