English, Article edition: Material values past and present Vickers, Michael

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  • Material values past and present
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  • Vickers, Michael
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  • The attitudes of the ancient Greeks towards their material culture was rather different from that of most modern students of the remains of classical antiquity. The Greeks esteemed gold and silver vessels, while many archaeologists still believe that they preferred painted pottery. This reversal of classical values came about through the entry of Utopian ideals into the mainstream of classical scholarship in the 18th century. Laudable in themselves, these ideals have led to a serious misunderstanding of the role of ceramic in antiquity. Prices for painted pottery were extremely low and it can hardly have been the vehicle for what the Ancients would have considered to be . It is ironic that the classical tradition has been subverted by many of those charged with the scholarly interpretation of the classical past.
  • RePEc:cup:eurrev:v:2:y:1994:i:04:p:295-303_00
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