Salpinx, Snake, and Salamis: The Political Geography of the Pella Hydria

TitleSalpinx, Snake, and Salamis: The Political Geography of the Pella Hydria
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsNeils, J
JournalHesperia
Volume82
Issue4
Pagination595-613
Abstract

In 1980 an important Attic red-figure hydria dated to ca. 400 b.c. came to light in the excavations of the eastern necropolis at Pella in Macedonia. With its dramatic image of the strife between Athena and Poseidon for the hegemony of Attica, this vase has attracted the attention of scholars, in particular for the light it sheds on the composition of the west pediment of the Parthenon. However, other components of the vase are equally interesting and have yet to be fully deciphered. This article takes note of one overlooked figure, the salpinx player, who carries a snake, and offers a new identification of him as the Salaminian hero Kychreus. This identification has ramifications for the overall intent of the vase's imagery, its message to viewers, and its provenience. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.82.4.0595?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents]

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.82.4.0595

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