Hello, I am new here. I am a man from the USA with a small farm. I collect antique ewers and other Drinking and storage vessels. I get them from yard sales, antique sales, EBay, and other like places.
Recently I bought a small mouthed vessel, with a drawing on it of a man on a chariot, another man underneath the chariot, and some Greek writing on the bottom of the vessel. I spent some time interpreting some of the words, but have been stumped on others.
One of the words written was "Monomaxia", which I interpreted to be "Duel", which no doubt looks true. There is also the word "Kai" which I believe to be "and". But there are 3 other words I can't quite get.
The painting is beautiful. It looks like the battle between Achilles and Hector. But the words don't seem to match up.
If some one is interested, I will come back on and give you the words, they are Greek, but I will describe them, and maybe you can help.
Here are the words, I am going to describe them using the Greek Dictionary.
First word- Monomaxia Second Word- spelled -alpha, theta,eta,nu,alpha,sigma Third Word- Kai Fourth word- spelled-tau,iota,tau,alpha,nu,omicron,upsilon Fifth word -spelled- phi,iota,nu,tau,iota,alpha,sigma
The second word is ΑΘΗΝΑΣ, the fourth, ΤΙΤΑΝΟΥ, the fifth, ΦΙΝΤΙΑΣ. Fourth and fifth words are spelled wrong, which means that the vessel is not original. The fourth word should be ΤΙΤΑΝΟΣ (Titanos), and the fifth ΦΙΔΙΑΣ (Fithias). The phrase is "Duel of Athena with a Titan" (Μονομαχία Ἀθηνᾶς καὶ Τιτάνος). Fidias is the name of the artist.
For the misspellings; if you wrote down correctly the letters as they appear on the vessel, the misspellings are clear: Fourth word- spelled-tau,iota,tau,alpha,nu,omicron,upsilon: if this is indeed ypsilon and not sigma (Σ) there is a misspelling here. The same in phi,iota,nu,tau,iota,alpha,sigma: Phinias shouldn't have a tau.