Giovanni Fanfani on Weaving Imagery in Ancient Greece

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), attributed to Amasis Painter (ca. 550-530 BCE). Source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/253348

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), attributed to Amasis Painter (ca. 550-530 BCE). Source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/253348

Ranking among the earliest technologies developed by humans, weaving (and the related
techniques of plaiting, braiding, and stringing) may seem to enjoy in early Greek thought the
status of a cognitive paradigm for the process of creating complex structures: the woven
pattern, in particular, emerges not as a design superimposed on the fabric, but as a structure
made of two systems of threads, regulated by numerical relationship. The talk by Giovanni Fanfani (Deutsches Museum, Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology) will explore areas of interaction between ancient weaving and choral lyric as well as (a few instances of) presocratic cosmology. 

The title of the talk, which opens this year's Classics seminar, is

Hymnos poikilos, kosmos poikilos: aspects of weaving in Greek choral lyric and presocratic
cosmology

 

 

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