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University of Texas – Austin

1. Cardiff, Hal Victor III. Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting.

Degree: MA, Art History, 2015, University of Texas – Austin

Though the episode is well known from Book 11 of the Odyssey (11.23-330, 385-567), only two painted vases survive from antiquity that clearly depict Odysseus' nekuomanteion ("consultation with the dead"): a mid-fifth century Attic pelike by the Lykaon Painter (Boston, MFA: 34.79), and an early-fourth century Lucanian kalyx-krater by the Dolon Painter (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale: 422). Owing to their rarity, these images have long interested scholars, but what has largely been missing from the discussion are attempts to situate the vase paintings of necromancy within a context of use. This thesis places these objects at their original functional context of the symposium, the ancient Greek, all-male drinking party. Following a hermeneutic method of analysis, I explore the ways in which ancient symposiasts might have looked at and understood the pictorial programs on these two objects as a reflection of their convivial activities and values. By examining the vase paintings of Odysseus' nekuomanteion within the context of the symposium, this thesis argues that the images of necromancy were sophisticated pictorial articulations of the Greek ideal of sophrosyne, moderate behavior at the symposium and in civic life. Advisors/Committee Members: Papalexandrou, Athanasios Christou, 1965- (advisor), Davies, Penelope (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Nekuomanteion; Nekuomanteia; Necromancy; Nekuia; Symposium; Symposion; Sophrosyne; Odysseus; Odyssey; Lykaon painter; Dolon painter; Ancient; Classical; Greek; Vase

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APA (6th Edition):

Cardiff, H. V. I. (2015). Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting. (Masters Thesis). University of Texas – Austin. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31743

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Cardiff, Hal Victor III. “Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting.” 2015. Masters Thesis, University of Texas – Austin. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31743.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Cardiff, Hal Victor III. “Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting.” 2015. Web. 25 Nov 2020.

Vancouver:

Cardiff HVI. Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2015. [cited 2020 Nov 25]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31743.

Council of Science Editors:

Cardiff HVI. Drinking with the dead : Odyssean Nekuomanteia and sympotic Sophrosyne in classical Greek vase painting. [Masters Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31743

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