By Judith M. Barringer

Hunting and its imagery endured to play an important function in archaic and classical Greece lengthy after looking had ceased being a need for survival in lifestyle. Drawing on vase work, sculpture, inscriptions, and different literary proof, Judith Barringer reexamines the subject of the search and indicates how the culture it depicts helped keep the dominance of the ruling social teams.

Along with athletics and conflict, searching used to be a defining task of the masculine aristocracy and was once the most important to the efforts of the Athenian elite to manage the social schedule, at the same time their political strength declined. The Hunt in historical Greece examines descriptions of looking in initiation rituals in addition to the beliefs of masculinity and maturity such rites of passage promoted. Barringer argues that depictions of the quest in literature and artwork additionally served as awesome metaphors for the intricacies of courtship, laying off mild on sexuality and gender roles. via an exploration of varied representations of the search, Barringer presents impressive perception into Athenian society.

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Photo courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. figure 5. Attic black-figure lekythos by the Athena Painter, c. C. Swiss private collection. Reproduced with permission from A. Schnapp, “Images et programmes: Les Figurations archaïques de la chasse au sanglier,” RA (1979): 213, fig. 13. across his bent left arm as if it were a shield. On the reverse, a bearded hunter wearing a short tunic, pilos, and sheathed sword raises a rock in his right hand and holds a spear in his left. Like the hunter on the obverse, he wears his chlamys slung over his left arm as if it were a shield.

255; fig. 31 The boar stands, whereas the hunted deer is usually wounded and stumbling or already downed. Spears are the usual weapons, as in the boar hunt on an Attic black-figure amphora of c. 575–550 by the Goltyr Painter (Rome, Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori 119–39; fig. 3) and in the deer hunt on an Attic black-figure kylix of c. 32 The hunters are often nude but can also wear short chitons; when legible, boar hunters are often bearded. Once in a while, a hunter wears a Scythian cap or a pilos (felt cap).

6–7)41 and an Attic red-figure hydria of c. 42 An Attic black-figure lidded amphora of c. 500 in Altenburg (Lindenau-Museum 207; figs. 43 On the obverse, a beardless male wearing a short tunic with a sheathed sword at his waist aims two spears at the forehead of a facing boar while a hunting dog rips at the boar’s torso. The hunter wears a pilos and a chlamys draped 20 The Hunt in Ancient Greece figure 4. Attic black-figure white-ground oinochoe Near the Athena Painter, c. C. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Cabinet des Médailles 274.

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