The Votive Statues of the Athenian Acropolis

The Votive Statues of the Athenian Acropolis

by Catherine M. Keesling, Katherine Keesling
     
 

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During the period between Solon's reforms and the end of the Peloponnesian War, worshippers dedicated hundreds of statues to Athena on the Acropolis, Athens's primary sanctuary. Some of these statues were Archaic marble korai, works of the greatest significance for the study of Greek art; all are documents of Athenian history. This book brings together all of the

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During the period between Solon's reforms and the end of the Peloponnesian War, worshippers dedicated hundreds of statues to Athena on the Acropolis, Athens's primary sanctuary. Some of these statues were Archaic marble korai, works of the greatest significance for the study of Greek art; all are documents of Athenian history. This book brings together all of the evidence for statue dedications on the Acropolis in the sixth and fifth centuries BC, including inscribed statue bases that preserve information about the dedicators and the evidence for lost bronze sculptures. Placing the korai and other statues from the Acropolis within the original votive contexts, Katherine Keesling questions the standard interpretation of the korai as generic, anonymous votaries, while shedding new light upon 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521815239
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.83(d)

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