Statues and Cities: Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World (Hardback)
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Short Description for Statues and Cities This book combines archaeology and epigraphy to discuss portraits in ancient art within the context of city-states honouring individuals through erecting statues, and families imitating this practice. This tells us a lot about the history of these cities and how ancient art worked as a construction of relations during the Hellenistic period.
- Published: 24 August 2013
- Format: Hardback 408 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199668915 ISBN 10: 0199668914
- Sales rank: 661,245
Full description for Statues and Cities
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 through erecting 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.