Statues and Cities: Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World

Paperback | June 12, 2015

byJohn Ma

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Why say thank you with a portrait statue? This book combines two different and quite specialized fields, archaeology and epigraphy, to explore the phenomenon of portraits in ancient art within the historical and anthropological context of city-states honouring worthy individuals througherecting statues, and the development of families imitating this practice. This transaction tells us a lot about the history of these cities and how ancient art worked as a construction of relations during the Hellenistic period (c. 350 BC-c. AD 1), which is marked by a political culture of civic devotion, common decision making, and publicness. As honorific statues were considered public art, the volume also investigates the workings of images, representations, memory, and the monumental public form of permanent inscription, to see what stories the Hellenistic city-states can reveal about themselves.

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Why say thank you with a portrait statue? This book combines two different and quite specialized fields, archaeology and epigraphy, to explore the phenomenon of portraits in ancient art within the historical and anthropological context of city-states honouring worthy individuals througherecting statues, and the development of families ...

John Ma is a Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. A former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, he has taught at Princeton and has held visiting appointments in Paris. He is interested in ancient history, especially Greek, and archaeology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:June 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198738935

ISBN - 13:9780198738930

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of IllustrationsList of PlansList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I Statues and stories1. Towards a Grammar of Honours2. The Politics of the AccusativePart II Statues and Places3. Statues in their Spaces4. Statues in their PlacesPart III Statues and Families5. The Shape of Private Monuments6. Private Spaces, Private StatuesPart IV Statues as Images7. Making an Honorific Portrait8. Looking at an Honorific PortraitConclusionPlansBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index

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Review from previous edition: "This is an important book and an impressive piece of scholarship. It will hopefully not be the last major study of Greek honorific statues but it is unlikely to be surpassed in the foreseeable future." --C.P. Dickenson, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis