"The Eyes Have It: Early Greek Writing on Pots" Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4 – 5:30pm
"The Eyes Have It: Early Greek Writing on Pots"
Campus Location:Sproul Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Contact Email:asuhlig@ucdavis.edu
Event Type:Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Alexandra Pappas
Sponsored by:Classics Program

Speaker: Alexandra Pappas, associate professor, Classics Department, San Francisco State University

Before the introduction of Greek alphabetic writing in the eighth century, incised and painted ceramic objects had long served the social needs of drinking and dining, and religious and funerary ritual. Pappas shows that when the early writers of the Greek alphabet etched and painted on ceramic objects in the eighth and early seventh centuries, they grafted it functionally and visually onto established practices within the material tradition. Conditioned by the context in which they were writing for the first time, the earliest Greek inscribers employed writing to a related range of ends that ceramic objects and their painted decoration already served.

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