The Last Statues of Antiquity

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R. R. R. Smith, Bryan Ward-Perkins
Oxford University Press, 2016 - Art - 410 pages
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Spanning centuries and the vastness of the Roman Empire, The Last Statues of Antiquity is the first comprehensive survey of Roman honorific statues in the public realm in Late Antiquity. Drawn from a major research project and corresponding online database that collates all the available evidence for the "statue habit" across the Empire from the late third century AD onwards, the volume examines where, how, and why statues were used, and why these important features of urban life began to decline in number before eventually disappearing around AD 600. Adopting a detailed comparative approach, the collection explores variation between different regions--including North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Near East--as well as individual cities, such as Aphrodisias, Athens, Constantinople, and Rome. A number of thematic chapters also consider the different kinds of honorand, from provincial governors and senators, to women and cultural heroes. Richly illustrated, the volume is the definitive resource for studying the phenomenon of late-antique statues. The collection also incorporates extensive references to the project's database, which is freely accessible online.
 

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Contents

Statue practice in the late Roman empire
1
Statues at the end of antiquity
28
Regions
41
Cities
119
Chronology honorands style
229
Concordance
309
References
371
Index
399
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R. R. R. Smith is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford.

Bryan Ward-Perkins is Director of the Ertegun Program and Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Oxford.

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