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Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History

John Ma

in Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600755
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.003.0013
Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History

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This chapter asks: Why, and how to, say thank you with a statue? To survey this practice allows us to visit various issues of Hellenistic history. The chapter first looks at the role of political history: the relationship between cities and kings, then Rome (illustrated by various examples, notably the statue of a Scipio at Amphipolis), the weaving of relations between cities, and the resourcefulness of the cities in the terrible first century bc. Second, it examines the role of internal history: the relationship between cities and elites; family display within public space. Finally, statues help us probe a history of space, place, and memory in the Hellenistic city.

Keywords: statues; Scipio; Amphipolis; cities; public space; memory

Chapter.  7543 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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