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

John Ma


Why say thank you with a portrait statue? This book combines two different and quite specialised fields, archaeology and epigraphy, to explore the phenomenon of honorific 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 to c. AD 1), which is marked by a political culture of civic d ... More

Keywords: archaeology, epigraphy, honorific portraits, city-states, Hellenistic period, civic devotion, decision making, publicness, images, honorific statues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199668915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ma, author
Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford