This enjoyable and innovative book reconstructs the stages of the ancient Greek wedding ceremony using a long-neglected source of information: vase paintings from the sixth through fourth centuries B.C.
Drawing on paintings on vases, with supporting evidence from literature, reconstructs the entire wedding ceremony in ancient Athens, from the preparations to the rituals on the day after the wedding night. Also traces the evolution of the paintings from formal scenes of the procession to intimate portrays of the bride's preparations, which show women to be in possession of their own rituals and seduction methods. Includes 130 high quality black-and-white plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)