Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs

Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs

by Paul Edmund Stanwick


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The Ptolemaic dynasty drew on the rich Egyptian heritage that they inherited, combined with unequalled wealth and a strong religious identity, to produce a unique medium of legitimation, that of royal portraiture. Blending Egyptian and Greek styles, sculptural portraiture and those found on coins were a major propaganda tool, crucial in the process of legitimation of the Ptolemies, and also had physical and conceptual functions. This study looks at the 'visual vocabulary' envoked by the portraits, their characteristics and stylistic changes through time, placed within the context of social and political developments. More than 150 examples are given in an illustrated catalogue, arranged in chronological order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292777729
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,130,794
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Definitions and conventions
  • Dynastic chronology
  • Chapter 1: A unique vantage point
  • Chapter 2: The priestly decrees
  • Chapter 3: "Conspicuous" and other places
  • Chapter 4: A visual vocabulary
  • Chapter 5: Ideology and the royal visage
  • Chapter 6: Chronology
  • Chapter 7: Powerful traditions, new dynamics
  • Chapter 8: A generation of innovators
  • Appendix A: Sculptors' studies or votives?
  • Appendix B: Questionable sculptures
  • Catalogue
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Figures

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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, author of Egyptian Royal Sculpture of the Late Period, 400-246 B.C.

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