The History of Greek Vases by John Boardman

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In this volume, Boardman examines the functions of vases in ancient Greek life and culture, and as messengers of style and subject. He relates the processes of identifying the artists themselves, their methods of manufacture and decoration, the artists' life and conduct in the potters' quarter in Greek towns, and the ways in which their wares were traded beyond the borders of the Greek world, from Morocco to Persia, from Russia to the Sudan. Boardman demonstrates that the scenes figured on the vases reflected not simply on story-telling, but on the politics and social order of the day; moreover, they exercised a style of narrative in art that was to resonate throughout Western culture for centuries to come.
 

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John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University, has written widely on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece. His previous books include The Greeks Overseas, The History of Greek Vases, The World of Ancient Art, and others.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Thames & Hudson. 320 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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Sir John Boardman—author of Greek Art, Athenian Black Figure Vases and Early Greek Vase Painting

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Sir John Boardman—author of Greek Art, Athenian Black Figure Vases and Early Greek Vase Painting—is Mr. Greek Vases, and his masterful and classy explications of what might in other hands seem dry and dusty archeological material are a joy to read.

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