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Word And Image In Ancient Greece$
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N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

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Small World: Pygmies and co.

Small World: Pygmies and co.

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(p.79) 5 Small World: Pygmies and co.
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Word And Image In Ancient Greece
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Brian Sparkes

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0006

There was a time when scenes painted on the pottery of Greece were understood to be closely linked to the varied literary sources that preceded or were contemporary with them, and the presumed connections between the two were investigated assiduously. The vase-painters were generally considered to be subsidiary to, and dependent on, the writers of the literary works. However, the relationships between stories told through the medium of words and those presented in visual images are now seen to be more complex. This chapter concentrates on what Greek writers wrote and craftsmen presented of the mythical battle between the pygmies and the cranes. It begins with Homer's double simile to describe the first clash in the poem between the Trojans and the Achaeans.

Keywords:   pottery, Greece, vase, words, images, craftsmen, battle, pygmies, cranes, Homer

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