Repetition and symmetry are the fundamental aesthetic principles underlying the shape and decoration of ancient Athenian vases. This book is the first comprehensive study of the role of repetition beyond its aesthetic value, and as part of a code that conveys meaning to the viewer. Relying on the theoretical background provided through information theory and narratology, Ann Steiner uncovers the different kinds of meaning that painters created through the use of repetition. Using the reading of painted verbal inscriptions as a springboard, she demonstrates how repetition of imagery in multiple fields of a vase can create narration, paradigm, exploration of perceptual and ideological points of view, and parody. Steiner shows how the results of repetition on Archaic Athenian vases reiterate the activities of the elite symposion and the broader cultural values of the elite Athenians. She provides an entirely new way to read ancient Athenian vases.Read more
- Comprehensive instruction on how to look at an ancient vase
- Highly illustrated to bring the text to life
- A thorough, honest explanation of how these vases relate to the context in which they were used and the cultural values of their users
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- Date Published: April 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521732352
- length: 364 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 177 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.87kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Reading beyond aesthetics
2. The meaning(s) of repetition: a primer
3. Repetition and types
4. 'Read Me': repetition as metadiscourse
5. Reading writing
6. Repetition and narration
7. Repetition and paradigm
8. Repetition, character, and perspective
9. Repetition and parody
10. Reading everything: six case studies
11. Over and over: reading Greek vases in Symposion.
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