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Gods on Athenian vases: their function in the Archaic and Classical period
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
2001 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It is here suggested that the presence of gods on the vases had less to do with formal religion or cult than socio-cultural conventions. The vases may be seen as the medium by which is communicated, under the guise of mythological representations, the Athenian attitude to themselves and the world around them. By propagating, on the mass-produced vases, the same themes time and time again, the Athenians came to share common values, and this in its turn fostered a feeling of what it meant to be an Athenian. The presence of the gods underlines the ideological message and variations in frequency and degree of activity may have been due to changes in society or in the status of the medium itself

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2001. 127-137 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18194ISBN: Proceedings of the Internordic Colloquium on Ancient Pottery held at Stockholm, 13-15 June 1997OAI: diva2:184717
Available from: 2007-10-17 Created: 2007-10-17Bibliographically approved

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