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Greek Geometric Pottery: A Survey of Ten Local Styles and by J. N. Coldstream

By J. N. Coldstream

Xxxix + 465 pp. & sixty four plates, 1 folding map (in pocket at rear, stained), quarto.

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D'A. Desborough, Prof. C. W. ]. Eliot, Dr R. A. Higgins, Mr M. S. F. Hood, Prof. G. L. Huxley, Dr L. H. Jeffery, Prof. P. Kahane, Prof. E. Kunze, Miss E. Macnamara, Mrs K. R. Maxwell-Hyslop, Mr P. ]. Parr, Mr D. Ridgway, Prof. C. M. Robertson, Pro£ E. L. Smithson, Miss J. du P. Taylor, and Pro£ T. B. L. Webster. I am especially grateful to Pro£ G. L. Huxley who assumed the onerous task of reading the proofs: he brought to my notice many errors and inaccuracies, but for those that remain I accept full responsibility.

The results of this re-examination are shown in the table on p. 330. In this table, the vertical dimension represents the passage of time; but the horizontal dimension is also of great historical interest. The proliferation oflocal Geometric styles is in strong contrast to the uniformity ofMycenaean I I I b wares some five hundred years earlier; the progress from unity to diversity is long and gradual, though subject to occasional fluctuations. The change demands a historical explanation. The emergence oflocal styles immediately after the collapse of the Mycenaean world may at first be attributed simply to a breakdown in Aegean communications; but this theory will not hold good for the Geometric schools of the eighth century, which continue to drift apart at a time when communications were steadily improving.

4 Hesperia 2 (1933), s6o, fig. rg, no. 62. The deep profile suggests a kantharos, prior to the introduction of the shallow skyphos in EG 11; seep. 14. The horse resembles the pair on the amphora, which is close to Eleusis 8r3 (Gr. 41) in shape and body decoration. 5 OnP r654 the variation in the hatching of the linear motif shows that we are approaching a corner, about half-way down the field. On the extreme left, a spot of glaze suggests the presence of a blob. 6 K. IV, pi. 27. 3 14 • ATTIC GEOMETRIC Agora, Gr.

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