Reading Greek Vases by Ann SteinerReading Greek Vases by Ann Steiner

Reading Greek Vases

byAnn Steiner

Hardcover | January 8, 2007

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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.
Ann Steiner is Shirley Watkins Steinman Professor of Classics, and Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Franklin and Marshall College. A scholar of Greek art, she is author of Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum : Joslyn Art Museum 1 and Joslyn Art Museum: Ancient Greek Pottery. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Soc...
Title:Reading Greek VasesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:358 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 1.1 inPublished:January 8, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521825229

ISBN - 13:9780521825221


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.

Editorial Reviews

"This book presents a convincing argument for the multivalency of repetition among scenes on a single vase. Such repetition is normally ignored, considered incidental to other meaning, or overlooked altogether on the grounds that it is insignificant to narrative. Steiner has made a sound case for the relevancy of even small redundancies and for the interconnectedness of individual scenes on a vase." - Kathleen M. Lynch, University of Cincinnati