The Imagery of the Athenian Symposium

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The late sixth and early fifth centuries BC were a dynamic time in the history of the symposium, and hundreds of vase paintings from this period show people engaged in sympotic activities. Most scholars have understood these images as illustrations of contemporary Athenian practices, but such an interpretation cannot account for the enormous variety of settings, costumes, and participants in the images, nor is it easily reconciled with recent methodological developments in the study of vase painting. Noting the close link between the symposium and the polis in ancient thought, this book approaches the images not as documents of contemporary sympotic practice but as vehicles for exploring what it meant to be a Greek community. It argues that many of the images depict imagined ancestral symposia and that they thus shed new light on how the Athenians envisioned the history of the symposium and its importance to their city.

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This book offers a new interpretation of the sympotic scenes that are so common in sixth- and fifth-century BC Athenian vase painting. Noting connections between the symposium and the city in ancient thought, it departs from earlier studies by approaching the images not as illustrations of contemporary practice but as vehicles for exploring what it meant to be a Greek community, and it sheds new light on the role of the symposium in Athenian thinking about the past and the present.

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Kathryn Topper was educated at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. She has held fellowships from the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, the American Journal of Archaeology and Hesperia.

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