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Patterns in the Production of Apulian Red-Figure Pottery

Author(s): Edward Herring

Book Description

Most of the previous scholarship on Apulian red-figure pottery has focused on the cataloguing of collections, the attribution of vases to painters and workshops, iconographic and stylistic matters, and individual vessels and vase forms. This partly reflects the history of vase-painting scholarship, which grew out of antiquarian collecting during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the fact that a full archaeological provenance is not preserved for the overwhelming majority of vessels. This book takes a different approach by using a database containing in excess of 13,500 vessels and fragments to identify patterns in the production and decoration of Apulian vases that cast light on the choices made by vase-producers and the preferences of their customers. Individual chapters consider the popularity of different vessel shapes over time, the use of highly generic decorative scenes, which are characteristic of Apulian red-figure, as well as the popularity of scenes of myth, images of the gods, scenes of the life of the non-Greek population of ancient Puglia, and those showing funerary monuments. As virtually all of the vases in the sample derive from tombs, the patterns identified provide insights into the ways in which the ancient populations of South-East Italy, both Greek and indigenous, honoured their dead.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1375-4
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1375-0
Date of Publication: 01/10/2018
Pages / Size: 200 / A5
Price: £58.99


Edward Herring holds a Senior Lectureship in Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He undertook both his BA and PhD at Queen Mary College, University of London. Prior to moving to Ireland, he worked at both Queen Mary and Royal Holloway Colleges in London. A recognised authority on ancient South Italy, he has more than 80 publications to his name. His previous books include Explaining Change in the Matt-Painted Pottery of Southern Italy: Social and Cultural Explanations for Ceramic Development from the 11th to the 4th Centuries B.C. (1998) and Botromagno: Excavation and Survey at Gravina in Puglia, 1979-1985 (with Ruth D. Whitehouse and John B. Wilkins, 2000). A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2006, Dr Herring held the A.D. Trendall Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies, UK, in 2011.

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