Professor Smith considers the most abundant yet overlooked class of ancient Athenian ceramics, namely late black-figure vases (dating from the end of the 6th to the 5th centuries), as ‘festival ware’. She explains how these small to medium-sized vessels, produced en masse and decorated with images relevant to particular festivals, provide rare evidence of myths and traditions, especially ritual practice entailed in celebration of the gods at Athenian festivals.

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