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## Performative and ritualized character of the Dionysian cult in Archaic and Classical Greece as represented in vase painting

### Kornelia Kajda

#### Abstract

This thesis aims to reassess the evidence concerning the Dionysian rituals and its possible influences on the Greek society’s minds. The most important goal of this work is to study the issue of the ways of empowerment of the subordinated female groups in ancient Greece (Archaic and Classical periods). A significant feature of the research is tracing back the process of subjectivisation. The construction of the individual subject is studied using concept of performativity and notion of ritualization. The following study consequently explores the appearances of the Dionysian followers and their actions in the black-figure and red-figure vase painting, and compares these images with the social functions of the individual types of Attic vases. Accordingly, it is analysed whether the transitions in depicting Dionysian thiasos can be detected and how the Greeks could understand such transitions in time and space. In this study the Greek culture was chronologically divided according to the operating in the historical and classical studies chronology of ancient Greek world: Archaic (750-500 BC) and Classical period (500-323 BC).
Record ID
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Kornelia Kajda Kornelia Kajda,, Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU)
Title in Polish
Performatywny i rytualizacyjny charakter kultu Dionizosa w archaicznej i klasycznej Grecji na przykładzie malarstwa wazowego
Title in English
Performative and ritualized character of the Dionysian cult in Archaic and Classical Greece as represented in vase painting
Language
(en) English
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
archeology / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.1 archaeology
Status
Finished
Defense Date
17-12-2015
Title date
17-12-2015
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/14083 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Vase-painting, women, marginalized, resistance
Abstract in English
This thesis aims to reassess the evidence concerning the Dionysian rituals and its possible influences on the Greek society’s minds. The most important goal of this work is to study the issue of the ways of empowerment of the subordinated female groups in ancient Greece (Archaic and Classical periods). A significant feature of the research is tracing back the process of subjectivisation. The construction of the individual subject is studied using concept of performativity and notion of ritualization. The following study consequently explores the appearances of the Dionysian followers and their actions in the black-figure and red-figure vase painting, and compares these images with the social functions of the individual types of Attic vases. Accordingly, it is analysed whether the transitions in depicting Dionysian thiasos can be detected and how the Greeks could understand such transitions in time and space. In this study the Greek culture was chronologically divided according to the operating in the historical and classical studies chronology of ancient Greek world: Archaic (750-500 BC) and Classical period (500-323 BC).

Uniform Resource Identifier
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