Classical Studies 3400E Chapter Notes -Kylix, Fellatio, Polychrome

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Source problems: literary all our authors are elite males, and therefore present only a certain (very limited) viewpoint. Each literary genre has its own specific problems: satire may exaggerate social ills or situations for its own purposes, for example. Love poets look more favorably on sexual practices than the moralists. Most tend to proscribe the same sorts of sexual activities (such as fellatio). The study of sexual content in ancient art may counteract this prohibition to some degree, and it is one of the course objectives to compare and contrast literary and artistic evidence. Artistic: vase painting there are two kinds of vases or pots, for our purposes: athenian black. Figure and athenian red figure (abf, arf, or black figure/ red figure). Athenian clay turned a warm deep reddish-orange when fired. Pots were made in several pieces (body, spout, foot, handles). The pieces were allowed to partially dry, then put together with slip (clay in liquid form).

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