The Lettering of an Athenian Mason

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ASCSA, 1975 - History - 134 pages
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This book combines two functions, as a technical handbook for training epigraphists to recognize an individual mason's hands, and a social study of a skilled artisan in Hellenistic Athens (referred to as "B"), a native of Salamis who worked in Athens and at Delphi. The methodology developed by the author to isolate 28 out of hundreds of inscriptions as the work of "B" represents a major step forward in the assigning of fragments to individual masons, previously a very impressionistic exercise.

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Page 82 - in the shift from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. Line
Page 41 - from the end of one line to the beginning of the next,
Page 3 - Notes on Lettering by Some Attic Masons in the Sixth and Fifth Centuries BC,
Page 7 - but a glance at Hondius' photograph will shew that the hand is altogether much more irregular, much less beautiful
Page 85 - They illustrated both of the methods of cutting, as well as a combination of the two, in which they first made the straight strokes by method one
Page 10 - are here published for the first time with the kind permission of the
Page 113 - Epigraphists seem agreed that the stonecutter did not produce direct freehand lettering with his chisel, but followed lines drawn or written beforehand.
Page xii - CH Kraeling, ed., Gerasa, City of the Decapolis, New Haven, 1938, pp.
Page 113 - A letterer whom we have consulted in a near-by city clearly finds any other process, now or ever, unthinkable.
Page xvi - The small thick commonplace red letters in which most inscriptions on red-figured vases are written do not vary much.

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