Title

Housewives, Hetairai, and the Ambiguity of Genre in Attic Vase Painting.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Sheramy D. Bundrick

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

ISSN

0031-8299

Abstract

A hydria by the Harrow Painter provides an opportunity to revisit the concept of genre and the depiction of women in classical Athenian vase painting. Scholars cannot agree on the social status of the female figure: hetaira or housewife? In this paper, I show that the criteria used to refute a “housewife” identification can be dismantled and that an oikos-centered interpretation is plausible. This does not, however, exclude the possibility of multiple readings; the ambiguity of this and other “genre scenes” is likely a deliberate strategy intended to attract the widest possible audience.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Phoenix 66(1/2), 11-35. doi: 10.7834/phoenix.66.1-2.0011. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Publisher

Classical Association of Canada

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.