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Honorific practices and the politics of space on Hellenistic Delos: Portrait statue monuments along the dromos

dc.contributor.author Dillon, Sheila
dc.contributor.author Baltes, EP
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-30T20:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-30T20:48:48Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-01
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9114
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/14602
dc.description.abstract The statue landscape of Hellenistic cities and sanctuaries was constantly changing, but the process of the gradual accrual of statues is customarily elided on site plans, which tend to show-if they represent statue bases at all-the final phase of this long and complex process. Investigating the way statue landscapes developed over time can provide a better understanding of the political, social, and spatial dynamics at play in portrait dedication. This article takes as a case study for such an approach the portrait statue monuments set up along the dromos of the Sanctuary of Apollo on Delos. Our aim is to unpack the processual dimension of this statuary display by representing this process visually through phase plans and a three-dimensional model of the dromos made in Trimble SketchUp. Parsing into phases the gradual accumulation of statues along the dromos reveals the historical dimension of statue dedication and exposes the tensions between individual and group identity that could be negotiated visually through the location, material, and size of a portrait monument. Finally, we argue that imaginative reconstruction can help us think through the implications of display context for sculptural style: the ever-increasing number of portrait statues in the Late Hellenistic period may have been a driving force behind the stylistic changes that occurred in Late Hellenistic portraiture.
dc.relation.ispartof American Journal of Archaeology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.3764/aja.117.2.0207
dc.title Honorific practices and the politics of space on Hellenistic Delos: Portrait statue monuments along the dromos
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 207
pubs.end-page 246
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Art, Art History & Visual Studies
pubs.organisational-group Classical Studies
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Staff
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 117


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