Hellenistic Royal Portraits

Hellenistic Royal Portraits

by R. R. R. Smith
     
 

Alexander and the Hellenistic kings brought a distinctive form of kingship to Greece and the East that was powerfully expressed in artistic images of the ruler. Analyzing surviving portraits on coins and in sculpture, and setting these in the wider political context of the period, this study offers a historical interpretation of the royal image from Alexander to

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Alexander and the Hellenistic kings brought a distinctive form of kingship to Greece and the East that was powerfully expressed in artistic images of the ruler. Analyzing surviving portraits on coins and in sculpture, and setting these in the wider political context of the period, this study offers a historical interpretation of the royal image from Alexander to Cleopatra.

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"The most significant English-language book on Hellenistic sculpture to appear for many years. Not only has Ssmith performed the invaluable service of collecting and commenting on all certain, probable, and possible Hellenistic ruler portraits, but he has also offered trenchant and pentrating commentaries on their functions, imagery, and political content. His grasp of the material...is remarkable, and his restraint, in refraining from digression and polemic, is exemplary."—American Journal of Archaeology

"This useful study is backed by rich photographic documentation, helpful appendixes, and a bibliography."—Religious Studies Review

"Books that geniunely fill important gaps in scholarly literature are rare. Hellenistic Royal Portraits is such a book....This excellent study [is] strongly recommended for all university libraries."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198132240
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1989
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
11.13(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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New York University

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