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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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Public Spaces, Private Statues

Public Spaces, Private Statues

(p.195) Six Public Spaces, Private Statues
Statues and Cities

John Ma

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the phenomenon of private statues in public space in the Hellenistic period, with emphasis on various possibilities for interaction between the civic and the private. It first provides a historical sketch of the practice of erecting private honorific statues from the mid-fourth century to the early Roman empire. As a prime medium for the visibility of elite families, the phenomenon of the private honorific statue is analysed both from an elitist and from a communitarian viewpoint within the context of the Hellenistic polis.

Keywords:   private statues, public space, Hellenistic period, honorific statues, elite families, polis

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