Potters at Work in Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes [Paperback]

Eleni Hasaki (Author)

ISBN: 9780876615539 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Hesperia Supplement | Volume: 51 | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 448p, H280 x W216 (mm) 234 b/w figs, 8 color figs, 13 tables

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Potters at Work in Ancient Corinth


An unparalleled assemblage of Archaic black-figure painted pinakes (plaques) was uncovered near Penteskouphia, a village west of ancient Corinth, over a century ago. The pinakes - represented by over 1,200 fragments - and their depictions of gods, warriors, animals, and the potters themselves, provide a uniquely rich source of information about Greek art, technology, and society. In this volume, the findspot of the pinakes is identified in a contribution by Ioulia Tzonou and James Herbst, and the assemblage as a whole is fully contextualized within the Archaic world. Then, by focusing specifically on the images of potters at work, the author illuminates the relationship between Corinthian and Athenian art, the technology used in ancient pottery production, and religious anxiety in the 6th century B.C. The first comprehensive register of all known Penteskouphia pinakes complements the well-illustrated discussion.

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"The book is profusely illustrated with good quality images… Eleni Hasaki’s work is of great value and marks an important step in the study of Penteskouphia pinakes. She offers us a new reading and a new interpretation of this still enigmatic find, devoid of most of its original archaeological context."
Marton Andras
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (13/02/2023)

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