Doktorarbeit: Das Greisenalter in der griechischen Antike

Das Greisenalter in der griechischen Antike

Untersuchung der Vasenbilder und Schriftquellen der archaischen und klassischen Zeit

ANTIQUITATES – Archäologische Forschungsergebnisse, volume 65

Hamburg , 912 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-8944-5 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-08944-1 (eBook)

Rezension

[...] Die Arbeit bietet eine ausgezeichnete Ausgangslage für all jene Leserinnen, die sich einen Überblick über die thematischen Kontexte verschaffen wollen, in denen alte Menschen im Medium der griechischen Vasenmalerei vorkommen konnten. Dank der feinteiligen Kategorisierung und der Indices eignet sie sich darüber hinaus auch zum Nachschlagen einzelner Bildthemen. [...] Kressirer hat mit ihrer Dissertation eine sehr verdienstvolle Quellensammlung vorgelegt, die eine ideale Basis für zukünftige Auseinandersetzungen mit Greisendarstellungen in der griechischen Vasenmalerei sowie mit antiken Altersbildern im Allgemeinen darstellt. [...]
in: Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft, 20 (2017)

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For the first time the publication considers in detail the widespread corpus of the representations of old men and women in the black- and red-figure vase painting of the archaic and classical periods.

The interest is focussed on the questions in which context the old appear, which roles they do fill and how the situation of the old is to estimate. The vase painting is particularly suitable for the study of these issues as in this genre figures of old people were represented over a long period continuously and in vast numbers. Based on the scenic representations it’s possible to obtain information about the involvement, the assignment of tasks and the valuation of the old in the pictorial art. An additional source of information are the ancient Greek writers. They afford further knowledge about the represented old men and women and about the situation and point of view of the old in antiquity.

Examined were more than 1320 figures in the Greek vase painting from 620/610 B.C. to 370 B.C. Old men and women are to be found in many different fields, as humans in the world of myth, as gods and mythic beings, in the human world, in dancing and theatre scenes and in grotesque images. Important topics are the involvement and the role of the old in den families, their appearance in society and the interaction of the different generations.

The great number of old, their presence in many themes, the variety of the kinds to illustrate old age as well as the artistic engagement with this subject matter in image and written sources which lives at all times show the constant interest to tell of the old and their destiny. The old men and women become cognisable as inherent part of the society.

Thanks to the made studies the knowledge of the situation of the old in Greek antiquity and of their representation and valuation in ancient art could be extended.

Ihr Werk im Verlag Dr. Kovač

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