By Clemente Marconi, Columbia University. Center for the Ancient Mediterranean

ISBN-10: 9004138021

ISBN-13: 9789004138025

This quantity bargains with Greek painted vases, exploring them from a variety of methodological issues of view and relocating past the normal specialise in connoisseurship and magnificence. the quantity, which represents the court cases of a global convention sponsered through the heart for the traditional Mediterranean at Columbia college, is an attempt to take advantage of the vast richness of those vases through the use of them to review normal cultural background.

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25 See for example Giuliani 1979, 9f. v. Achilleus no. 357 (A. Kossatz-Deissmann). 27 Gentili 1995, 11; Haslam 1997, 82, n. 74. C. But one also seriously wonders whether the dynamic of our visual message went beyond the elevation of the dead to heroic status. Did it also make a claim about the fate of the body of the dead warrior, and link the narrative sequence to the actuality of the funeral? For the first possibility let us focus our attention on the iconography of the retrieval of the dead hero (Fig.

16 Lissarrague cautiously remarks simply that on the basis of the imagery one could say nothing certain. Lissarrague’s interests were not primarily in Skythians as such, but in Skythians as one of a number of varieties of non-hoplite warrior. Concerned with the way in which non-hoplites set off hoplites, Lissarrague himself stressed that not all the non-hoplites that he listed were contemporaneous. If non-hoplites define the hoplite, then the 11 12 13 14 15 16 Wernicke 1891; Helbig 1897. Vos 1963.

In most cases, as in our vase, the dead warrior is the same size as his rescuer, the spectacle of his body is denied by the armor that covers it, and the hair is concealed by the helmet. These changes, which one would attribute to Exekias (Fig. 12),31 are rather dramatic: less beauty, of course, and perhaps more coherence with the mythological narrative, if the story really refers to Achilles and Ajax. We know that Achilles kept his armor, which now overwhelms Ajax’s body, and will later cause his death.

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