The Transformation of Athens: Painted Pottery and the Creation of Classical Greece
by Robin Osborne (Author)
How remarkable changes in ancient Greek pottery reveal the transformation of classical Greek culture.
Why did soldiers stop fighting, athletes stop competing, and lovers stop having graphic sex in classical Greek art? The scenes depicted on Athenian pottery of the mid-fifth century BC are very different from those of the late sixth century. Did Greek potters have a different world to see―or did they come to see the world differently? In this lavishly illustrated and engagingly written book, Robin Osborne argues that these remarkable changes are the best evidence for the shifting nature of classical Greek culture.