By A. E. Jeffery, L. H. Raubitschek
Instantly upon e-book Dedications received its
secure position in scholarly literature. As an indispensable
tool for paintings on Attica within the 6th and
fifth centuries B.c. it turned so popular to every
epigrapher, archaeologist, and historian that little
need be acknowledged right here concerning the scope and contents of
the booklet. It has, furthermore, been again and again and
competently reviewed elsewhere.
The quantity is the results of lengthy, committed, and
most exacting exertions, the development of which became
known via a number of initial guides. In
the process those the writer confirmed an ever-growing
mastery of "architectural epigraphy," to take advantage of a
designation which characterizes the explicit approach
of Raubitschek. this isn't a truly satisfied term,
since it implies alterations which are non-existent, and
the writer himself rightly states (p. 433) : "this same
method is clear to a person who has the opportunity
to learn the originals." Raubitschek's achievement
in assembling never-ending dedicators is imposing,
and in simple terms the general cautious learn of the whole
work can provide an approximate suggestion of the enormous
difficulty of placing order into any such disturbing
wealth of person fragments. Many one other would
with resignation have restricted himself to a mere
selection. Raubitschek has had the braveness to give
everything, for which we won't thank him enough,
and with it additionally the braveness to make error, which
is constantly an ethical success. In view of the total
accomplishment it will possibly look unjust to stay too
much at the detrimental facet. A conscientious reviewer,
however, has to notice anything Raubitschek himself
confesses to freely and many times (e.g. lower than nos 250
and 309): many a reconstruction or attribution to
certain periods of monuments is only hypothetical,
especially while in response to arbitrary restorations of
the inscriptions. the fervour to distribute as many fragments
as attainable one of the respective categories
(and who wouldn't sympathize with this desire?)
was absolute to produce a few violence. however the low
number of only 9 unclassified fragments, as
opposed to the 3 hundred and eighty-four classified
ones, doesn't correspond to the evidence and tends
to create a misunderstanding via minimizing the factors
of uncertainty. the writer must have enlarged
this part significantly.
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Extra info for Dedications from the Athenian Akropolis; A Catalogue of the Inscriptions of the Sixth and Fifth Centuries B. C.
5. 94 Cf. below, p. 39, and Bieber, Greek and Roman Theater, pp. 420-424. 86 This type is in the tradition of, but is not a close parallel to, the large grotesque heads made of glass or clay found from Egypt to the Rhineland; for a few examples see Breccia, Terrecotte 2, pl. XXXIV, 1 and 6, pl. XXX, 2, 10 and 11 ; L. GhaliKahil, Fondation Eugdne Piot. Monuments et Mdmoires, LI, 1960, pp. 73-91. TYPES OF FIGURINES 25 The subject may be the brutish athlete of the later Empire, himself perhaps a foreigner from the Eastern Mediterranean.
Corinth, XII, nos. 457, 460, pl. 42. g1 D. B. Thompson has already suggested that the Greek examples of Hellenistic times were caricatures of sacred hetairai (Hesperia, XXIII, 1954, p. 90, especially note 9, pl. 21). Egyptian types bear out this suggestion. For Egyptian equivalents, cf. Weber, Terrakotten, pls. XIX, 181-197, XXII; for an example little antedating our 617, cf. Iliffe, " Jerash," pl. IV, no. 54. These women often wore amulets in the Roman period; cf. Edgar, Greek Moulds, pl. XXV.
1 cm. Most of base, part of bird's body and lower part of rider; pale pinkish buff soft baked clay. Sits sideways on goose, wears chiton and himation. Bird stands on circular base with top moulding, has short drooping tail and palmate feet. C. to 1st century after Christ. APHRODITE BETWEEN TWO YOUTHS 20 PI. 2. Deposit M 18:l. H. 2cm. Head of hphrodite, arms and upper torso of youth on left missing; sandy reddish buff clay, perhaps not bttic; white slip, blue on Aphrodite's drapery, yellow on youth's hair; back mostly unworked, circular vent, diam.
Dedications from the Athenian Akropolis; A Catalogue of the Inscriptions of the Sixth and Fifth Centuries B. C. by A. E. Jeffery, L. H. Raubitschek