Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens, Paperback / softback Book

Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens Paperback / softback


Spectators at the sides of narrative vase paintings have long been at the margins of scholarship, but a study of their appearance shows that they provide a model for the ancient viewing experience.

They also reflect social and gender roles in archaic Athens.

This study explores the phenomenon of spectators through a database built from a census of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, which reveals that the figures flourished in Athenian vase painting during the last two-thirds of the sixth century BCE.

Using models developed from psychoanalysis and the theory of the gaze, ritual studies, and gender studies, Stansbury-O'Donnell shows how these 'spectators' emerge as models for social and gender identification in the archaic city, encoding in their gestures and behavior archaic attitudes about gender and status.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 327 pages, 58 Tables, black and white; 95 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE
  • ISBN: 9781107662803

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