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The Art of Libation in Classical Athens

Milette Gaifman

ISBN 10: 0300192274 / ISBN 13: 9780300192278
Published by Yale University Press
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Title: The Art of Libation in Classical Athens

Publisher: Yale University Press

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: New

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This handsome volume presents an innovative look at the imagery of libations, the most commonly depicted ritual in ancient Greece, and how it engaged viewers in religious performance. In a libation, liquid-water, wine, milk, oil, or honey-was poured from a vessel such as a jug or a bowl onto the ground, an altar, or another surface. Libations were made on occasions like banquets, sacrifices, oath-taking, departures to war, and visitations to tombs, and their iconography provides essential insight into religious and social life in 5th-century BC Athens. Scenes depicting the ritual often involved beholders directly-a statue's gaze might establish the onlooker as a fellow participant, or painted vases could draw parallels between human practices and acts of gods or heroes. Beautifully illustrated with a broad range of examples, including the Caryatids at the Acropolis, the Parthenon Frieze, Attic red-figure pottery, and funerary sculpture, this important book demonstrates the power of Greek art to transcend the boundaries between visual representation and everyday experience.

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"Groundbreaking . . . An exemplary work of scholarship . . . the definitive study on the art of libations."--Courtney Baron, ARLIS/NA Reviews
"In this intelligent and rigorous study, Milette Gaifman has taken on one of the most challenging topics in ancient Greek religion and iconography. This is an exemplary book."--Verity Platt, Cornell University
"Milette Gaifman's book is extremely well planned, written, and organized around specific images and works of art. Frankly, it is both cutting-edge and exemplary."--Jaś Elsner, Corpus Christi College Oxford

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