Student Projects:  Student "Archeologists"

These three students pretended that they were archaeologists who had discovered pottery (which they actually had made themselves) from the Hellenistic period. They related the subject matter on their pieces to poems by Anyte, whose translations they had read in the Snyder text.

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The water vessel depicted on the far left was "discovered" by the "archeologist" at the left of this image.  The potter  recreates a conversation between the god Pan and a herdsman (whom the potter imagines as Anyte herself in disguise). In the "archeologist's" view the poet "paid meticulous attention to the attractive world of idyllic peace and respite, under the protection of Pan and the other rustic deities."

The second "archeologist" shows a plate with Hermes and Aphrodite "discussing a way to assist people."   This plate is the third on the image above.  Her interpretation refers to A.P. 9.314 and 9.144.  To her, the potter  was impressed by the positive interventions in the lives of mortals by the deities and so depicted them on the plate

The third "archeologist," depicted below, attributes the middle plate to a potter "attracted by Anyte's portrayal of animals," her "vivid imagery describing scenes of nature," and "the importance of relationships and the emotions entailed in such a bond," centered her discussion on the depiction (on her plate and in Anyte's poem, A.P.9.745) of a goat and a Naiad.  

 

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