Potters at Work in Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes

by Eleni Hasaki

Hesperia Supplement 51
448 pp, 234 b/w figs, 8 color figs, 13 tables
8.5" x 11"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-553-9
Publication Date: Feb 2022
Status: Active

Retail Price $75


An unparalleled assemblage of Archaic black-figure painted pinakes (plaques) was uncovered near Penteskouphia, a village west of ancient Corinth, over a century ago. The pinakes—represented by over 1,200 fragments—and their depictions of gods, warriors, animals, and the potters themselves, provide a uniquely rich source of information about Greek art, technology, and society. In this volume, the findspot of the pinakes is identified in a contribution by Ioulia Tzonou and James Herbst, and the assemblage as a whole is fully contextualized within the Archaic world. Then, by focusing specifically on the images of potters at work, the author illuminates the relationship between Corinthian and Athenian art, the technology used in ancient pottery production, and religious anxiety in the 6th century B.C. The first comprehensive register of all known Penteskouphia pinakes complements the well-illustrated discussion.

About the Author: Eleni Hasaki is Professor of Anthropology and Classics and the co-director of the Laboratory for Traditional Technology at the University of Arizona.

"L'ouvrage d'Eleni Hasaki a une grande valeur et marque une importante étape dans l'étude des plaquettes de Penteskouphia. Elle nous propose une nouvelle lecture et une nouvelle interprétation de cette trouvaille toujours énigmatique..." Marton Andras, BMCR 2023.02.14

"...this is probably the best and most complete overview of ancient Greek pottery production available..." Vladimir Stissi, AJA 127.4 (2023)

"...an innovative multidisciplinary approach...[that] aims to combine iconography, ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology." Maria Grazia Palmieri, Classical Review (2023)