Attic Script: A Survey by Henry R. ImmerwahrAttic Script: A Survey by Henry R. Immerwahr

Attic Script: A Survey

byHenry R. Immerwahr

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The aim of this study is to place the inscriptions found on Athenian vases in the context of the early development of writing in Athens from the time of the invention of the alphabet in the eighth century BC to the early fourth, when the local alphabet had been supplanted by the common Ionicscript. Other sources include the inscriptions on stone, both public and private, scratched inscriptions on pottery, among them the political ostraca, and some inscriptions on lead tablets; they are, however, insufficient to give a full picture of actual writing practices in a period from which wehave no papyri. Although the vase inscriptions are brief, they number in the thousands, and being autographs of the period, they give a more accurate picture of the art of writing and the state of literacy in the Classical period. This book presents a selection of inscriptions, with many illustrations, that will help students of ancient vase painting to properly appreciate the individuality, writing competence, and level of education of the members of the pottery workshops, and epigraphists to get a better feel for thedifferent styles of the well-known stone inscriptions. Professor Immerwahr has been working for many years on a complete collection of the inscriptions on Attic pottery, which he hopes will help contribute to a wide-ranging study of aspects of ancient life.
Henry R. Immerwahr is at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Title:Attic Script: A SurveyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198132239

ISBN - 13:9780198132233


Editorial Reviews

'richly documented, generously illustrated, and fitted out with copious indexes...a manual or standard reference work for many years to come...sound and excellent account of the first three and a half centuries of Attic writing'Ronald S Stroud, American Journal of Archaeology