Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

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University of California Press, 1993 - Art - 507 pages
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Alexander the Great changed the face of the ancient world. During his life and after his death, his image in works of art exerted an unprecedented influence–on marbles, bronzes, ivories, frescoes, mosaics, coins, medals, even painted pottery and reliefware. Alexander's physiognomy became the most famous in history. But can we really know what meaning lies behind these images?

Andrew Stewart demonstrates that these portraits—wildly divergent in character, quality, type, provenance, date, and purpose—actually transmit not so much a likeness of Alexander as a set of carefully crafted clichés that mobilize the notion "Alexander" for diverse ends and diverse audiences. Stewart discusses the portraits as studies in power and his original interpretation of them gives unprecedented fullness and shape to the idea and image called "Alexander."
 

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El Profesor Andrew Stewart ha hecho un magnífico trabajo que seguramente será una referencia en el futuro en lo que respecta a la iconografía de Alejandro Magno. Dado que la influencia de Alejandro en el ámbito de la cultura ha sido enorme, y su influencia en el campo de la estética de la representación aún poco estudiada (en relación con otros aspectos de su legado como son los políticos) este es un libro del que disfrutarán enormemente aquellos profesionales interesados en Alejandro desde cualesquiera que sean sus ámbitos de interés específico. Un libro para leer, ver y disfrutar.
Prof. Dr. Arcos, Universidad de Oviedo
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Texts
9
Testimonia
21
Images
42
Survivors 42 2 Synthesis 52 3 Approaches
56
An Encounter
71
New Achilles 78 4 King Alexander
86
God Invincible?
95
Imperial Egypt
229
A Regional Hegemony? 229 2 Alexandreion
243
Alexandrian Carnival 252 5 Alexanders Image
260
Alexander and Victory 263 2 Crusade
277
Asian Figurehead
290
Two Vassals 290 2 The Cities of Asia
307
Resurrections
325
Alexanders Personal Appearance
341

Masks of Youth 705
105
Charges to Remember
123
A Reading 130 3 Apulian Echoes
150
Spearwon Land
158
Chameleon King 171 4 Make War Not Love
181
On Loan from Olympos
191
A Revocable Gift 191 2 The Heritage
214
Cults of Alexander
419
A Catalogue
438
Hephaistion
453
Bibliography
471
Index
493
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About the author (1993)

Andrew Stewart is Professor of Greek and Roman Art at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book is Greek Sculpture: An Exploration (1990).

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