The sculpted marble statues of young Greek women known as korai were created between the seventh and fifth centuries B.C. Katerina Karakasi argues that the majority of earlier research studies on these statues focused narrowly on arranging the korai chronologically and stylistically. In Archaic Korai, Karakasi explores the meanings and functions of these figures, as well as the historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced. She also points out that only by determining the precise location where each kore stood, combined with studying the history of the site and related literary and epigraphic evidence, is it possible to draw worthwhile conclusions about a statue's role in cult practice at a given shrine.
Illustrating many statues in color for the first time, Archaic Korai presents a survey of all the known korai in existence and catalogues valuable information about the korai's sizes, conditions, and materials, as well as the sculptors who made them. Also included is a thoughtful discussion of the motives and social positions of the patrons who commissioned them.
Katerina Karakasi studied classical archaeology and historical ethnology in Thessaloniki and Athens and at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.