Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs [NOOK Book]

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As archaeologists recover the lost treasures of Alexandria, the modern world is marveling at the latter-day glory of ancient Egypt and the Greeks who ruled it from the ascension of Ptolemy I in 306 B.C. to the death of Cleopatra the Great in 30 B.C. The abundance and magnificence of royal sculptures from this period testify to the power of the Ptolemaic dynasty and its influence on Egyptian artistic traditions that even then were more than two thousand years old. In this book, Paul Edmund Stanwick undertakes the ...
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Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs

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Overview

As archaeologists recover the lost treasures of Alexandria, the modern world is marveling at the latter-day glory of ancient Egypt and the Greeks who ruled it from the ascension of Ptolemy I in 306 B.C. to the death of Cleopatra the Great in 30 B.C. The abundance and magnificence of royal sculptures from this period testify to the power of the Ptolemaic dynasty and its influence on Egyptian artistic traditions that even then were more than two thousand years old. In this book, Paul Edmund Stanwick undertakes the first complete study of Egyptian-style portraits of the Ptolemies. Examining one hundred and fifty sculptures from the vantage points of literary evidence, archaeology, history, religion, and stylistic development, he fully explores how they meld Egyptian and Greek cultural traditions and evoke surrounding social developments and political events. To do this, he develops a "visual vocabulary" for reading royal portraiture and discusses how the portraits helped legitimate the Ptolemies and advance their ideology. Stanwick also sheds new light on the chronology of the sculptures, giving dates to many previously undated ones and showing that others belong outside the Ptolemaic period.
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Jack A. Josephson
This study of Ptolemaic royal statuary will be an outstanding resource for scholars and of considerable interest to the general reader. As an Egyptological reference and as a model for the application of the methodology of art historical analysis, it should stand unchallenged for many years.... a work of encyclopedic breadth and impeccable scholarship.
Jack A. Josephson
This study of Ptolemaic royal statuary will be an outstanding resource for scholars and of considerable interest to the general reader. As an Egyptological reference and as a model for the application of the methodology of art historical analysis, it should stand unchallenged for many years.... a work of encyclopedic breadth and impeccable scholarship.
Jack A. Josephson, author of Egyptian Royal Sculpture of the Late Period, 400-246 B.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292787476
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 43 MB
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Meet the Author

PAUL EDMUND STANWICK is an independent scholar in New York City who holds a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Definitions and Conventions
Dynastic Chronology
Ch. 1 A Unique Vantage Point 1
Ch. 2 The Priestly Decrees 6
Ch. 3 "Conspicuous" and Other Places 15
Ch. 4 A Visual Vocabulary 33
Ch. 5 Ideology and the Royal Visage 43
Ch. 6 Chronology 54
Ch. 7 Powerful Traditions, New Dynamics 65
Ch. 8 A Generation of Innovators 85
App. A Sculptors' Studies or Votives? 90
App. B Questionable Sculptures 94
Catalogue 97
Abbreviations 133
Bibliography 135
Index 147
Figures 157
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    This book is the best book that I have ever read in my life about Cleopatra The Great. It is so enriched with academic details about the Nile's wonders. This is a book that everybody should have in their home. I am academically enriched and even I learned something from this book. Buy this book now and have all your questions answered!

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