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Pots & Plays: Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase-painting of the Fourth Century B.C. Hardcover – October 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0892368075 ISBN-10: 0892368071 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892368071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892368075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “In this beautifully illustrated and accessible work on vase paintings from South Italy, Taplin has made an important contribution to the hotly disputed point at which classics and art history intersect.”—Religious Studies Review

About the Author

Oliver Taplin is Professor of Classics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is a specialist on the interpretation of Greek drama through performance in both ancient and modern times. His books include Greek Tragedy in Action, Homeric Soundings and Comic Angels, a ground-breaking study of Greek comedy and vase-painting.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Price on June 22, 2013
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For anyone seriously interested in ancient Greek drama, Oliver Taplin's 'Pots & Plays' should be an essential purchase. It's a beautifully and copiously illustrated quarto-sized volume showing and discussing theatrical scenes from fourth-century vase paintings, mostly from Greek Sicily. The illustrations are sharply reproduced, many in color, often full-page. A general introduction on the Greek theatre discussing various aspects of staging by topic is followed by separate chapters on paintings depicting, or relating to, works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and some unknown plays and playwrights. Taplin's accompanying discussions are clear, perceptive, and cautious. This book provides the reader a splendid feeling for the iconography relating to classical drama, and convincing proof that the fifth-century masters were still read and produced in the colonies during the following century. I highly recommend it.
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