Professor Hasaki Publishes New Book

April 1st, 2022

Professor Eleni Hasaki's book Potters at Work in Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes has been published.

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. An interview with the author can be found here.

Professor Hasaki will return to Greece (Athens and Corinth) this summer to carry out her COH-funded project titled TimeTables of Ancient Greek Potters and Painters, which expands on topics addressed in her book and focuses on timing stages for forming and decorating ancient Greek ceramics.