Dipylon Vase Inscription
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Abstract

The so-called ‘Dipylon Vase Inscription’ from Athens (late Geometric period, ca. 740-730 BCE) is probably the oldest comprehensible Greek alphabetic text. It is carved on a wine jug (oenochoe) and its two verses (in continuous retrograde script) apparently name the vessel itself as a prize for the winner in a dancing competition.

The so-called ‘Dipylon Vase Inscription’ is a short text ( graffito , after firing) incised around the shoulder of a wine jug ( oenochoe ) from the Late Geometric period (ca. 740-730 BCE). The w…

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Panagiotis Filos, “Dipylon Vase Inscription”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 14 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000449>
First published online: 2013



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