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The last statues of Antiquity

by R. R. R. Smith (Editor), Bryan Ward-Perkins (Editor)

Other authors: Johanna Auinger (Contributor), Marianne Bergmann (Contributor), Francesca Bigi (Contributor), Amelia Brown (Contributor), Gabriel de Bruyn (Contributor)10 more, Ulrich Gehn (Contributor), Marietta Horster (Contributor), Martin Kovacs (Contributor), Julia Lenaghan (Contributor), Carlos Machado (Contributor), Kathrin Schade (Contributor), Alexander Sokolicek (Contributor), Silja K.M. Spranger (Contributor), Ignazio Tantillo (Contributor), Christian Witschel (Contributor)

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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 availableevidence 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 comparativeapproach, 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, fromprovincial 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.… (more)
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This collection of essays presents some results of the research project “The Last Statues of Antiquity” (LSA), whose aim (Preface, p. v), “was to collect the full range of evidence for new, or newly erected, statues in the late Roman period, to examine the nature of these statues and how they were used, and to consider why they slowly disappeared from the urban landscape.” This ambitious goal has an empire-wide character and therefore deals with an enormous wealth of material: more than 2,800 statues and inscribed statue bases set up after the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 and before the end of the statue habit in the early 7th century. The volume is the companion to the Last Statues of Antiquity (LSA) Database created between 2009 and 2012. This database is searchable in several different ways: according to chronology, region of provenance, awarder and honorand, and many other criteria. The volume largely enhances the LSA database by discussing the material critically and in detail—, something impossible to achieve in the short individual entries of the database itself.
 

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Smith, R. R. R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward-Perkins, BryanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Auinger, JohannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergmann, MarianneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bigi, FrancescaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, AmeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Bruyn, GabrielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gehn, UlrichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horster, MariettaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kovacs, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lenaghan, JuliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Machado, CarlosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schade, KathrinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sokolicek, AlexanderContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spranger, Silja K.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tantillo, IgnazioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 availableevidence 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 comparativeapproach, 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, fromprovincial 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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