A verse-scrap on a kylix by Epiktetos

TitleA verse-scrap on a kylix by Epiktetos
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsAnderson, P
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association

The tondo scene on a kylix by Epiktetos in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (Malibu 86.AE.279 ex Bareiss), portrays a balding, bearded, satyr-like symposiast reclining on a kline. Head thrown back in song, he is accompanying himself on the barbitos. A dipinto inscription, which has been thought nonsense or a misspelled epoiesen, travels an arc from the singer's head. Iconography and several possibilities for a sensible, if elliptical, reading lead Anderson to argue that the dipinto inscription may be a scrap of verse; it seems to preserve the earliest example of the Dionysiac shout εὐοȋ. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/20054134]