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The Priority of Pots: Pandora’s pithos re-viewed

Abstract : In the reading of the pithos which concludes Hesiod’s Pandora story in the Erga presented here, I argue that an examination of the role of this particular type of vessel in the society and economy of archaic Greece can illuminate the author’s narrative choice and reveal fresh connections between this receptacle and events earlier in the episode. The means of production as well as developments in the design and ornamentation of pithoi contemporary with the text find many echoes in the presentation of Pandora in the two Hesiodic versions in the Erga and Theogony and explain not only the presence of numerous details in the texts but also the striking negativity of the account of this archetypal woman.
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Deborah Steiner. The Priority of Pots: Pandora’s pithos re-viewed. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2013, N.S.11, pp.211-238. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.3047⟩. ⟨halshs-02099655⟩

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