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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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Looking at an Honorific Portrait

Looking at an Honorific Portrait

(p.267) Eight Looking at an Honorific Portrait
Statues and Cities

John Ma

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines what the honorific portraits in the Hellenistic period looked like by focusing on their appearance and context. Three categories of honorific statues are discussed: the first category was constituted by male figures of a particular type; the second category is the Hellenistic royal portraits, the group of statues of the kings; and the third category is the Hellenistic female portraits. The chapter also looks at three examples of honorific portraits and their context: Priene, Delos, and Polybios son of Lykortas. Finally, it considers the appearance and context of private statues.

Keywords:   honorific portraits, Hellenistic period, appearance, context, honorific statues, royal portraits, female portraits, Priene, Polybios, private statues

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