Book , Print in English

The art of libation in classical Athens

Milette Gaifman.
  • New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2018]
  • Copyright Notice: ©2018
  • ix, 184 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • History.
  • This 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. 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.
  • Introduction : Paths of response
  • Around the altar
  • Among us
  • Lamentations
  • Gods' libations
  • Conclusion.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-179) and index.
  • 9780300192278
  • 0300192274
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2017941820
  • OCLC: 1002129868
  • OCLC: 1002129868