Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens [Paperback]

Mark Stansbury- O'Donnell (Author)

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ISBN: 9781107662803 | Published by: Cambridge University Press | Year of Publication: 2014 | Language: English 316p, b/w pls, figs

Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens


Spectators at the sides of narrative vase paintings have long been at the margins of scholarship, but a study of their appearance shows that they provide a model for the ancient viewing experience. They also reflect social and gender roles in archaic Athens. This study explores the phenomenon of spectators through a database built from a census of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum , which reveals that the figures flourished in Athenian vase painting during the last two-thirds of the sixth century BCE. Using models developed from the psychoanalysis and the theory of the gaze, ritual studies, and gender studies, Stansbury-O'Donnell shows how these "spectators" emerge as models for social and gender identification in their gestures and behaviour archaic attitudes about gender and status.

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