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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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The Shape of Private Monuments

The Shape of Private Monuments

(p.155) Five The Shape of Private Monuments
Statues and Cities

John Ma

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the phenomenon of ‘private’ or ‘family’ statues in public space in the Hellenistic period, along with the problems it poses to any simple interpretation of honorific statues in public space as the story of hegemonical civic ideology. Focusing on elite families as one of the major ‘competitive actors’ in the race for space and attention, the chapter considers the shape of private monuments, and why and where people set up such statues. Finally, it explores wider historical issues about the nature of the honorific monument in relation to the political and cultural histories of the post-Classical polis.

Keywords:   public space, Hellenistic period, honorific statues, civic ideology, elite families, private monuments, polis, family statues

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