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Σήματα νίκης: Inscribed Objects in the Lindian Chronicle

Abstract : Beginning with the premise that the Lindian Chronicle from its inception emphasizes the materiality of inscriptions, this paper examines the peculiar interaction between dedicatory object and dedicatory text in a context in which both have been lost. First, I argue that the compilers of the Chronicle recreate the items they list as layered “objects” and “things” in Bill Brown’s model, and that the dedicatory inscriptions quoted on them mediate between these layers. Second, I study this layering effect in the case of the Chronicle’s most elaborate entry, for three painted pinakes dedicated as victory-offerings, along with their accompanying inscriptions. Here, the compilers of the Chronicle or their sources construct an elaborate amalgam of past object and present thing by combining archaic artifacts and an anachronistic poetics focused on the key term σῆμα.
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Athena Kirk. Σήματα νίκης: Inscribed Objects in the Lindian Chronicle. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2018, Dossier : Place aux objets ! Présentification et vie des artefacts en Grèce ancienne, N.S.16, pp.107-124. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.5664⟩. ⟨halshs-02113758⟩



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