Epigraphic Sources for Early Greek Writing



10. Work on Attic Grave Monuments

I turn now to her work on Athens, which restarted after the thesis. After the strains of spreading herself over the whole Greek world, it was natural that she should seek a more concentrated topic. There was one for which she was already prepared by her work with Raubitschek. Although Gisela Richter was greatly solidifying knowledge of the sculpture of archaic Attic grave-monuments, she was hardly, even with help from Margharita Guarducci, doing much to integrate her study with the relevant epigraphic material. In 1954, Anne spent the long vacation in Greece collecting material and trying to consider the monuments as a whole. The long article which eventually came out of this (BSA, lvii (1962), 115-53) was not so much a contribution to Athenian attitudes on death and burial, invaluable though the material later was for those pursuing that line, as a typology of the development of grave-monuments and the broad lines of a division of the material by workshops. There had been the beginnings of a similar approach by Raubitschek on the dedications, which he had not really carried through. Here, for the first time, individual archaic Athenian letter-cutters, not necessarily correlating with the sculptors, began to emerge.

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