Posted by: aiawinnipeg | September 23, 2014

Thomas Carpenter, September 28 at 3pm, 237 University College

Why buy a pot depicting a Greek tragedy if you can’t understand Greek?

This question is at the heart of Prof. Carpenter’s upcoming lecture. Red-figure vases imported to and produced in south Italy in the 4th century BC routinely depict images related to Greek tragedy and comedy. Indeed, these paintings often provide us with important evidence for aspects of performance and even content of ancient drama. Many of these vases ended up in non-Greek, indigenous settlements and tombs.

Prof. Carpenter has written numerous important works exploring this non-Greek interest in such quintessentially Greek artifacts: painted pots depicting Greek theater. The research is not easy. The vast majority of these vases were excavated by clandestini and now reside in museums and private collections around the world. A great value in Prof. Carpenter’s work has been his ability to exploit every trace of the remaining archaeological evidence.

Prof. Carpenter’s research also depends on a thorough knowledge of Greek vase painting in all periods. His publications include Dionysian Imagery in Archaic Greek Art: Its Development in Black-Figure Vase Painting; Masks of Dionysus; and Art and Myth in Ancient Greece: A Handbook (which has been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, Turkish and Greek!).

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