Epinetra at large : textile tools from the wider Greek world

dc.contributor.advisorPapalexandrou, Athanasios Christou, 1965-
dc.creatorZamir, Einav
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-21T22:48:00Z
dc.date.available2022-01-21T22:48:00Z
dc.date.created2019-12
dc.date.issued2020-01-29
dc.date.submittedDecember 2019
dc.date.updated2022-01-21T22:48:02Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation reexamines the epinetra of the sixth through fourth centuries from across the Mediterranean, with special interest in the material from outside of Athens. Methodologically, this text strays from previous studies that focused more heavily on visual analysis of motifs than the possible usage of functional prototypes. The research presented here combines direct anthropological study of modern textile traditions, new evidence from site museums, and observation and handling of non-Athenian objects to determine function. The evidence from ancient lexicographers and modern textile workers suggests that epinetra were used for thigh spinning and were likely preferable for the spinning of linen. Their popularity between the sixth and fourth centuries seems to correspond to this reality, with an increased investment in linen body armor by Greek military forces. A woman’s role in creating linen items was therefore considered a major contribution to the state and the family. As the seated position was associated with mature women, epinetra served as appropriate grave goods in female burials and as votive offerings to female deities associated with childbirth and rearing.
dc.description.departmentArt History
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/94784
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/21701
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectEpinetra
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectTextiles
dc.subjectLinen
dc.subjectFlax
dc.subjectDodecanese
dc.subjectRhodes
dc.subjectCyprus
dc.subjectSpina
dc.subjectGreece
dc.titleEpinetra at large : textile tools from the wider Greek world
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentArt History
thesis.degree.disciplineArt History
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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