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Aniconism in Greek Antiquity$
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Milette Gaifman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645787.001.0001

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Standing Stelai

Standing Stelai

(p.181) Five: Standing Stelai
Aniconism in Greek Antiquity

Milette Gaifman

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the following questions: What do archaeological finds tell us about aniconic standing stones in their variety of geometric forms? Are there particular contexts and cults in which we are more likely to find stelai that were worshipped by ancient Greeks? Can we detect certain patterns or recurring features in our records? Is there an affinity between such wrought monuments and the completely unwrought? It also considers possible resemblances between the semi-figural and the standing stone, in particular when the two types are found in analogous cultic contexts and/or have similar functions.

Keywords:   aniconic standing monuments, cults, ancient Greeks, semi-figural stone, standing stone

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