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Picturing Death in Classical Athens
The Evidence of the White Lekythoi

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Classical Art and Iconography

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521820165

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  • The Attic white lekythoi, funerary vases long appreciated for their beautiful polychrome images, evoke the style of lost classical wall and mural paintings. This richly illustrated volume closely examines the four major types of scenes: domestic pictures; the mythological conductors of the soul; the prothesis (wake); and visits to the grave. John Oakley analyzes these pictures in context, documenting relationships between the "rites of passage," Athenian history, and the changing perceptions of death in fifth-century Athens.

    • First comprehensive study of the pictures on white lekythois
    • Explains the social, historical and cultural reasons why these pictures were chosen for the these vessels
    • Richly illustrated: 8 color plates with 16 images, and 175 black and white illustrations
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    "This volume makes a welcome contribution to the study of Classical Athenian white lekythoi...The book is beautifully illustrated with several color plates as well as numerous black-and-white figures. Finally, the work includes a bibliography focused soley on white lekythoi, in addition to the more extensive references in the endnotes. Picturing Death in Classical Athens will have a long life as an essential resource for anyone interested in white lekythoi." CAA Reviews Wendy E. Closterman

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521820165
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 285 x 217 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 175 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Domestic scenes
    3. The prothesis
    4. Myth and mythological figures
    5. Scenes at the grave
    6. Putting the pictures into context.

  • Author

    John H. Oakley, College of William and Mary, Virginia

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