The Symposium in Context

The Symposium in Context : Pottery from a Late Archaic House Near the Athenian Agora

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This book presents the first well-preserved set of sympotic pottery which served a Late Archaic house in the Athenian Agora. The deposit contains household and fine-ware pottery, nearly all the figured pieces of which are forms associated with communal drinking. Since it comes from a single house, the pottery also reflects purchasing patterns and thematic preferences of the homeowner. The multifaceted approach adopted in this book shows that meaning and use are inherently related, and that through archaeology one can restore a context of use for a class of objects frequently studied in isolation.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 25.4mm | 1,338.09g
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Princeton, United States
  • English
  • 24 col and 258 bw figs, 15 tables
  • 0876615469
  • 9780876615461
  • 1,537,256

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This is an exemplary study, a very thorough, painstaking endeavor that enables the interested reader to gain valuable information about the household of an Athenian citizen (and his family) during the turbulent time of the Persian War and a bit beyond. It is a welcome glimpse into an aspect of the ancient Greek past that is often very elusive. In every way this splendid new book meets the high standards we have come to expect of Agora publications. -- Mary B. Moore, Hunter College Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.07.40 The Symposium in Context is a thorough (and beautifully produced) study with scrupulous attention to detail, notable for its exploration and integration of a significant body of ceramic and some other materials within their archaeological context. -- Margaret C. Miller American Journal Of Archaeology July 2013

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