The Votive Statues of the Athenian Acropolis

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Worshippers dedicated hundreds of statues to Athena on the Acropolis during the period between Solon's reforms and the end of the Peloponnesian War. This work brings together the evidence for statue dedications on the Acropolis in the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., including inscribed statues bases that preserve information about the dedicators and the evidence for lost bronze sculptures. Catherine Keesling questions the standard interpretation of the korai as generic and anonymous votaries, while revealing more...

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Overview

Worshippers dedicated hundreds of statues to Athena on the Acropolis during the period between Solon's reforms and the end of the Peloponnesian War. This work brings together the evidence for statue dedications on the Acropolis in the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., including inscribed statues bases that preserve information about the dedicators and the evidence for lost bronze sculptures. Catherine Keesling questions the standard interpretation of the korai as generic and anonymous votaries, while revealing more about the origins and significance of Greek portraiture.

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"A lasting contribution to the study of Greek art." CAA Reviews

"It is an important book with new insights into the nature and function of archaic and Greek sculptures whose votive nature has previously been underplayed in traditional sculpture studies." Classical World, Janet Grossman, The J. Paul Getty Museum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521071260
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Anathemata: 1. Statues as gifts for the gods; 2. Votive statue inscriptions; 3. Nothing to do with democracy?: Votive statues and Athenian history; 4. Votive statues and Athenian society; Part II. Divine Identities: 5. The identities of the Acropolis korai; 6. The iconography of the Acropolis korai; Part III: 7. Fifth century portrait statues on the Acropolis; Conclusion; Appendices.

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