The History of Hellenistic Honorific Statues

John Ma

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

The History of Hellenistic Honorific Statues

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This chapter tries to keep to the spirit of the Oxford Epigraphical Seminar, in making sets of observations on texts, and proposing corrections. The texts are the following: I. Kaunos 46 (not a dedication by Maussollos, but a statue of Artemisia); I. Knidos 164–5 (not an ‘altar dedication’, but a private honorific); Inschr. Milet 244 (not a dedication by Ptolemy I, but a statue of Ptolemy I set up by two officials). The section of the chapter on history of the honorific statue in the fourth century bc argues that the honorific statue was never a purely civic form: its origins lie in the conciliation of powerful victors; political work was necessary to accommodate it within political discourse in early fourth-century Greece. A further section on the ‘private honorific statue’ between royal and civic offers here a series of observations on this often neglected genre: its history and diffusion, and its diverse nature (aristocratic, elitist, royal, and civic).

Keywords: Artemisia; civic; Kaunos; Knidos; Maussollos; private honorific statue; political discourse; Ptolemy I; royal

Chapter.  6763 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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