The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora

by Kathleen M. Lynch

Hesperia Supplement 46
400 pp, 24 col and 258 bw figs, 15 tables
8.5" x 11"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-546-1
Publication Date: Oct 2011
Status: Active

Retail Price $75


This book presents the first well-preserved set of sympotic pottery which served a Late Archaic house in the Athenian Agora. The deposit contains household and fine-ware pottery, nearly all the figured pieces of which are forms associated with communal drinking. Since it comes from a single house, the pottery also reflects purchasing patterns and thematic preferences of the homeowner. The multifaceted approach adopted in this book shows that meaning and use are inherently related, and that through archaeology one can restore a context of use for a class of objects frequently studied in isolation.

About the Author: Kathleen M. Lynch is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati.