Paper abstract

Geometric elephantiasis

Coldstream Nicolas

My aim is to examine the various reasons why, especially in the Late Geometric Period, there was an urge to enlarge objects in domestic use to a scale far exceeding what is useful in daily life: clay kraters and amphorae, bronze tripod cauldrons, bronze pins and fibulae etc. One might add the hundred-foot temples, precursors of the sacred buildings of the Archaic times. Special attention will be given to the padrons for whom the monumental figured vessels of the Dipylon class were made; these, so it now appears, were by no means reserved for the aristocracy of Athens.

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