Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles
This book offers a new approach to the history of Greek portraiture by focusing on portraits without names. Comprehensively illustrated, it brings together a wide range of evidence that has never before been studied as a group. Sheila Dillon considers the few original bronze and marble portrait statues preserved from the Classical and Hellenistic periods together with the large number of Greek portraits known only through Roman 'copies'. In focusing on a series of images that have previously been ignored, Dillon investigates the range of strategies and modes utilized in these portraits to construct their subject's identity. Her methods undermine two basic tenets of Greek portraiture: first, that is was only in the late Hellenistic period, under Roman influence, that Greek portraits exhibited a wide range of styles, including descriptive realism; and second, that in most cases, one can easily tell a subject's public role - that is, whether he is a philosopher of an orator - from the visual traits used in this portrait. The sculptures studied here instead show that the proliferation of portrait styles takes place much earlier, in the late Classical period; and that the identity encoded in these portraits is much more complex and layered than has previously been realized. Despite the fact that these portraits lack the one feature most prized by scholars of ancient portraiture - a name - they are evidence of utmost importance for the history of Greek portraiture.
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9 December 24 9 January Aeschines Agora ANCIENT GREEK PORTRAIT Anonyme griechischer Portršats Athenian Athens Bergemann Bildnisse bust Carlsberg Glyptotek Carneades century BCE Chapter Classical Copenhagen copy of original deﬁned Demos und Thanatos Demosthenes display early Hellenistic Epicurus example ﬁfth Figs ﬁgures ﬁnd Fittschen fourth century freestanding funerary grave reliefs GREEK PORTRAIT SCULPTURE Hellenistic period Hermarchus Hermarchus Type himation Hoff honors identiﬁed images inscribed January 23 Marble head Marble herm Mask of Socrates Mattusch mature male Menander Museo Nazionale inv naiskos Naples National Museum inv Neudecker nose Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek orator Papyri Paul Getty Museum Pheidias Philosophenportršats philosopher Photo Piekarski poet portrait head portrait statues portrait type portraiture Posidippus preserved provenance Pseudo-Seneca represented Restored Richter right proﬁle Roman Rome Rome neg sculp Smith Sophocles style suggested Thanatos third century tion trait Villa dei Papiri Villa of Cassius Villen visual Zanker