In providing an intriguing account of the production of pottery in ancient Greece, The Red and the Black explains how this pottery can be understood with more concern for function than for aesthetics. From their form, the location when found, their decoration and their uses, much can be learned from these artefacts about who used them. Brian Sparkes offers detailed analysis of the subject matter of figured scenes also discusses the history of the study and collection of this pottery, from the Renaissance right up the appeal of these objects in the markets of today.
Brian A Sparkes received his training in classics and archaeology at King's College London and at the British School of Archaeology in Athens. He is currently Professor of Classical Archaeology at Southampton University. His most recent publications are Greek Art and Greek Pottery: An Introduction