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The Hekatompedon Inscription And The Origins Of The Stoikhedon Style

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If the Hekatompedon Inscription is the first to make use of the chequer or grid as Austin convincingly showed, then it is inextricably linked with the birth of the stoikhedon style in Greek epigraphy. This chapter introduces the long overdue question of the origin of the style, including the use of the word stoikhedon to describe it, in the context of the Hekatompedon Inscription itself. Austin said the Samian origin of the stoikhedon style seemed to be based on one inscription only, namely that of Aiakes, ML 16. Weighing the two contenders, Attike and Samos, on a basis other than the number and date of their proto-stoikhedon or early stoikhedon inscriptions would call for a different approach to the question of origins. The stoikhedon style itself could be seen as nothing other than a manipulation of the principle of the figural grid to new subject matter, namely Greek alphabetic texts.

Keywords: Attike; Hekatompedon Inscription; Samos; stoikhedon style



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