Greek Vase-Painting and the Origins of Visual Humour by Alexandre G. MitchellGreek Vase-Painting and the Origins of Visual Humour by Alexandre G. Mitchell

Greek Vase-Painting and the Origins of Visual Humour

byAlexandre G. Mitchell

Hardcover | August 24, 2009

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This book is a comprehensive study of visual humour in ancient Greece, with special emphasis on works created in Athens and Boeotia. Alexandre Mitchell brings an interdisciplinary approach to this topic, combining theories and methods of art history, archaeology, and classics with the anthropology of humour, and thereby establishing new ways of looking at art and visual humour in particular. Understanding what visual humour was to the ancients and how it functioned as a tool of social cohesion is only one facet of this study. Mitchell also focuses on the social truths that his study of humour unveils: democracy and freedom of expression, politics and religion, Greek vases and trends in fashion, market-driven production, proper and improper behaviour, popular versus elite culture, carnival in situ, and the place of women, foreigners, workers, and labourers within the Greek city. Richly illustrated with more than 140 drawings and photographs, as well as with analytical tables of comic representations according to different themes, painters, and techniques, this study amply documents the comic representations that formed an important part of ancient Greek visual language from the 6th through 4th centuries BC.
Title:Greek Vase-Painting and the Origins of Visual HumourFormat:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.98 inPublished:August 24, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521513707

ISBN - 13:9780521513708


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Humour in the city: the world of men, women and animals; 3. Humour in the city: gods, heroes and myth; 4. Satyrs and comic parody; 5. Caricatures in Athens and the Kabirion Sanctuary in Boeotia; 6. Conclusion: vases, humour and society.

Editorial Reviews

'The author is thorough and I can think of no genre of Greek humour which he has overlooked, and he has been as thorough with the relevant literary evidence as with the representational. The book is very fully illustrated ...' Bryn Mawr Classical Review