Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Inscriptions on Greek Vases


Alan Johnston

The inscriptions on vases discussed in this chapter are those painted on pots together with (and often identifying) the other decoration. An exception is the body of bespoke dedicatory painted texts, found especially on Chian vases, which are treated in the chapter on Ceramic inscriptions. The resulting corpus consists of a few Corinthian kraters of 580–550 BC and a fuller range of Attic vases from the earlier 6th century BC; extremely few are known from later than c. 480 BC. Of note are some Panathenaic prize amphora fragments and a range of black-figure kylikes with makers' inscriptions, which have previously attracted the attention of excavators and scholars such as Sir John Beazley and Martin Robertson.

Attic lip-cup fragment showing an octopus and the legend ‘po]lypos’. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, AN 1898-1908-G.1000. Photograph © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Photography by British Museum staff