The History of Greek Vases

The History of Greek Vases

Potters, Painters and Pictures

  1. John Boardman
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  • ISBN 9780500285930
  • 25.50 x 18.30 cm
  • Paperback
  • 320pp
  • 358 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 2008
‘Masterful … lively, comprehensive and well illustrated’ – The Journal of Classics Teaching

In no other medium do we come closer to the visual experience of the ancient Greeks than through their superb pottery: the subject is a central one to classical archaeology and art.

John Boardman explores the vases’ functions in Greek life and culture, and as messengers of style and subject. He relates the processes of identifying artists, the methods of making and decorating the vases, the artists’ lives and conduct in the potters' quarter in Greek towns, and the ways in which their wares were traded far beyond the borders of the Greek world.

The scenes on the vases reflected not simply on story-telling, but on the politics and social order of the day; moreover, they exercised a style of narrative in art that was to resonate throughout Western culture for centuries to come.

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