THE ART OF LIBATION IN 
CLASSICAL ATHENS

MILETTE GAIFMAN
196pp 132 ILLUS (127 COLOUR) 2018 LIST PRICE: £55.00 G395

Quantity:

£32.00

You Save42%
Description
The definitive study of the imagery of libations, the most commonly depicted ritual in ancient Greece, and how it engaged viewers in religious performance. In a libation, liquid -- water, wine, milk, oil or honey -- was poured from a vessel onto the ground, an altar or another surface. Libations were made on occasions like banquets, sacrifices, oath-taking, departures to war and visitations to tombs, and their iconography provides insight into religious and social life in fifth-century BC Athens. Beautifully illustrated with a range of examples, including the Caryatids at the Acropolis, the Parthenon Frieze, Attic red-figure pottery and funerary sculpture, this book demonstrates the power of Greek art to transcend the boundaries between visual representation and everyday experience.