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Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius$
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Christopher Smith and Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.001.0001

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Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History

Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History

(p.230) 12 Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History
Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius

John Ma

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks: Why, and how to, say thank you with a statue? To survey this practice allows us to visit various issues of Hellenistic history. The chapter first looks at the role of political history: the relationship between cities and kings, then Rome (illustrated by various examples, notably the statue of a Scipio at Amphipolis), the weaving of relations between cities, and the resourcefulness of the cities in the terrible first century bc. Second, it examines the role of internal history: the relationship between cities and elites; family display within public space. Finally, statues help us probe a history of space, place, and memory in the Hellenistic city.

Keywords:   statues, Scipio, Amphipolis, cities, public space, memory

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