Schlagwort-Archive: Griechische Epigraphik

To make objects speak – Inscriptions as both things and texts  

by Anna Sitz

After the Bronze Age collapse of circa 1200 BCE, Greeks forgot how to write. Linear B texts – syllabic script used for writing in Mycenaean Greek – disappeared. Greeks did not learn how to write again until perhaps the eighth century BCE, when, at various places in the Greek world, semitic letters were adopted and adapted to Greek language. The rest, as they say, is history: the Greeks developed or expanded many of the writing genres that are still with us today, from tragedies and comedies to history writing to philosophy. But we do not have evidence for these genres until a couple centuries after writing re-emerged in Greece. So why were these early Greek writing systems initially developed? What did Greeks get from writing? The traditional answer to this question has taken a linguistic approach: Greek characters captured phonemes, allowing the recording of the oral poetry that was such a central part of Geometric and Archaic Greek culture, as embodied by the epics of Homer.

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Image, Text, Stone – 36. Band in MTK-Reihe Erschienen

Mit der Intermedialität von Bild und Text in der griechisch-römischen Skulptur beschäftigt sich ein neuer Band, der in der Reihe „Materiale Textkulturen“ des gleichnamigen Sonderforschungsbereichs an der Universität Heidelberg erschienen ist. Herausgeber des englischsprachigen Sammelbandes mit dem Titel „Image, Text, Stone – Intermedial Perspectives on Graeco-Roman Sculpture“ sind Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Dietrich und Dr. Johannes Fouquet, die im Teilprojekt A10 „Schrift und Bild in der griechischen Plastik“ des SFB forschen. Ihre Arbeit schließt die traditionelle Kluft zwischen Archäologen, Epigraphikern und Philologen, die Statuen, materielle Inschriften und literarische Epigramme lange Zeit innerhalb der eng gesteckten Grenzen ihrer jeweiligen Disziplinen untersucht haben.

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