Vincent AzoulayPericles of Athens. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. xviii + 312pp. $39.95. isbn 9780691154596 (hbk).Thomas R. MartinPericles: A Biography in Context. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xx + 253 pp. $89.99. isbn 978521116459 (hbk).Loren J. Samons iiPericles and the Conquest of History: A Political Biography. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xvi + 343 pp. $24.99. isbn 9781107526020 (hbk).In 2008, a rescue excavation in the Athenian suburb of Kifissia uncovered a series of burials dating from the sixth to the fourth centuries bce. The graves were unspectacular except for one, from which a simple but elegant black-slip skyphos was recovered. The pottery style and letter forms of certain names carved on the cup date it roughly to the second quarter of the fifth century. And it is those names that captured archaeologists’ attention: the only decoration on the cup, the names were inscribed upside-down, almost in ‘stoichedon’ or grid-style, and set within a trapezoidal border. The names, in Attic dialect and in at least three different hands, were the following: Aristides, Diodotus, Daisimos, Ariphron, Pericles, and Eucritus. The excavator, Galini Daskalaki, immediately made the observation that while Pericles is a fairly common Attic name, Ariphron is not,
Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought – Brill
Published: Apr 12, 2018
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