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Statues and CitiesHonorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World$
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John Ma

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199668915.001.0001

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Statues in their Places

Statues in their Places

(p.111) Four Statues in their Places
Statues and Cities

John Ma

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how space works for honorific statues in the Hellenistic period. More specifically, it considers how statues were organised (isolation, collocation, in series) and assesses the impact of these configurations. It thus shows that statues can be viewed in places, locales affected by human events, actors, and investment. The chapter highlights the importance of serialisation in controlling display, the role of competitiveness between the various actors involved in spatialisation, and the segmentation of public space into micro-places. It also stresses the necessity for the ‘public actor’ itself, the polis, to involve itself in competitive spatial processes.

Keywords:   space, honorific statues, Hellenistic period, places, serialisation, spatialisation, segmentation, public space, micro-places, polis

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