Hellenistic Royal Portraits (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology)

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9780198132240: Hellenistic Royal Portraits (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology)

Alexander and the Hellenistic kings brought a distinctive form of kingship to Greece and the East that was powerfully expressed in artistic images of the ruler. Analyzing surviving portraits on coins and in sculpture, and setting these in the wider political context of the period, this study offers a historical interpretation of the royal image from Alexander to Cleopatra.

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R. R. R. Smith is at New York University.

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"The most significant English-language book on Hellenistic sculpture to appear for many years. Not only has Ssmith performed the invaluable service of collecting and commenting on all certain, probable, and possible Hellenistic ruler portraits, but he has also offered trenchant and pentrating commentaries on their functions, imagery, and political content. His grasp of the material...is remarkable, and his restraint, in refraining from digression and polemic, is exemplary."--American Journal of Archaeology


"This useful study is backed by rich photographic documentation, helpful appendixes, and a bibliography."--Religious Studies Review


"Books that geniunely fill important gaps in scholarly literature are rare. Hellenistic Royal Portraits is such a book....This excellent study [is] strongly recommended for all university libraries."--Choice


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