Polisand Personification in Classical Athenian Art

Polisand Personification in Classical Athenian Art

by Amy C. Smith


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Polisand Personification in Classical Athenian Art by Amy C. Smith

In this study Dr Smith investigates the use of political personifications in the visual arts of Athens in the Classical period (480-323 BCE). Whether on objects that served primarily private roles (e.g. decorated vases) or public roles (e.g. cult statues and document stelai), these personifications represented aspects of the state of Athens—its people, government, and events—as well as the virtues (e.g. Nemesis, Peitho or Persuasion, and Eirene or Peace) that underpinned it. Athenians used the same figural language to represent other places and their peoples. This is the only study that uses personifications as a lens through which to view the intellectual and political climate of Athens in the Classical period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004194175
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2011
Series: Monumenta Graeca et Romana Series , #19
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Amy C. Smith, PhD (1997) in Classical Archaeology, Yale University, is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum, University of Reading. She has published widely on Graeco-Roman art in the spheres of politics, myth, and religion.

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