Friday, June 17, 2022


An Inscription on a Greek Vase

Attic red-figure kylix by Phintias, about 510 B.C. (Malibu, Getty Museum, 80.AE.31):
From the Getty Museum web site:
At the top, an inscription, E [...] A I E Λ O, perhaps uttered by the youth (whose lips are parted and who gestures with his right hand).
To me it looks like he's gesturing with his left hand.

Also from the Getty Museum web site:
On B Ε[.]ΑΙΕΛΟ The letters are not easily recognisable, as the color has flaked off.
The vase is apparently 1620.12 bis in J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 1963), which is unavailable to me.

Leslie Threatte (1943-2021), The Grammar of Attic Inscriptions, II: Morphology (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1996), p. 641:
In other words, if Threatte's reading is adopted, the youth is saying ἥδομαι (I'm enjoying myself).

This inscription isn't listed in Henry R. Immerwahr, Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions, where the vase is mentioned under number 4943.

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