Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery

Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery

by Sheramy D. Bundrick


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A lucrative trade in Athenian pottery flourished from the early sixth until the late fifth century B.C.E., finding an eager market in Etruria. Most studies of these painted vases focus on the artistry and worldview of the Greeks who made them, but Sheramy D. Bundrick shifts attention to their Etruscan customers, ancient trade networks, and archaeological contexts.

Thousands of Greek painted vases have emerged from excavations of tombs, sanctuaries, and settlements throughout Etruria, from southern coastal centers to northern communities in the Po Valley. Using documented archaeological assemblages, especially from tombs in southern Etruria, Bundrick challenges the widely held assumption that Etruscans were hellenized through Greek imports. She marshals evidence to show that Etruscan consumers purposefully selected figured pottery that harmonized with their own local needs and customs, so much so that the vases are better described as etruscanized. Athenian ceramic workers, she contends, learned from traders which shapes and imagery sold best to the Etruscans and employed a variety of strategies to maximize artistry, output, and profit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299321000
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sheramy D. Bundrick is a professor of art history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She is the author of Music and Image in Classical Athens.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    
List of Abbreviations 
1 The Many Lives of Athenian Vases
2 The Nature of the Athenian Vase Trade     
            Findspots and Distribution Data       
            Pottery Workshop Deposits in Athens          
            Trademarks, Batch Notations, and Price Inscriptions
            Shipwrecks with Commercial Cargo 
3 Context, Consumption, and Attic Vases in Etruria
            Liminality, Performativity, and Attic Vases in Etruscan Tombs       
            A Tale of Two Assemblages  
4 Athenian Eye Cups Abroad
            Apotropaion vs. Symposion   
            Athenian Eye Cups at Etruscan Vulci           
5 The Mastery of Water
            Herakles Meets the Merman  
            Fountainhouse Hydriai and the Etruscan Culto dell’Acqua  
6 Attic Vases as Etruscan Cineraria   
            Foiano della Chiana   
7 The Etruscanization of Attic Figured Pottery        

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