From Library Journal
Originally conceived as an exhibition catalog to accompany a select collection of rare Greek pottery on tour in Europe but as yet not seen in the United States, this work stands on its own as a guidebook for the modern reader to the distant world of ancient Greece. Beginning with an academic discussion of the artistic and utilitarian functions of Greek pottery, Berard then details and interprets depictions of war, domestic life, mythology, and ceremonial rites drawn directly from the customs and mores of Athenian society. Plates and vases commonly portrayed the ritual of homosexual courtship, perfectly acceptable in proper Greek society. Even scenes of bacchic orgies were rendered on tableware without a blush. In a scholarly yet highly readable and perceptive work, this book succeeds in penetrating the stylized images in clay and paint to reveal the human face beneath. Recommended for art, academic, and large public libraries.-Sharon Wong, California Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English, French (translation)