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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.
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
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.