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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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The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery

The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery

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Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Anthony Snodgrass

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter turns its attention to vase painting and finds evidence to support Aristotle's temporal distinction in general terms. The interplay of image and word had long been ubiquitous in the culture of ancient Greece. However, there are very few places where the two come close together as in the painted inscriptions on Greek vases: indeed, inasmuch as the inscription at times seem to be located with a view of filling gaps in the figure-scenes, the word can actually become a part of the image. This was a phenomenon that had a fairly rapid growth, then a pronounced peak, then a steady decline. The François Vase stands just at the point when the flood-gates were about to open on the inscribing of vase-scenes at Athens.

Keywords:   vase-painting, Aristotle, image, word, culture, Greece, François Vase, Athens

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