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Title: Dedicating Statues in the Greek Cities from the Black Sea Area during the Late Classical and Early Hellenistic Periods
Author(s): PANAIT BÎRZESCU, Florina
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 15    Date: 2016   
Pages: 53-69
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.15.0.3167461

Abstract :
The present paper is concerned with statue bases of late Classical and early Hellenistic periods discovered in the Greek colonies of the Black Sea area. They belong to a period of intense activity, particularly in bronze sculpture, especially under the influence of the leading artistic centre of the time, Athens. As epigraphic study shows, these statues represented individuals in a larger proportion than deities, one of the most common occasions being the end of priestly service. The practice of monumental sculptural dedications manifested itself frequently within small groups (i.e. families) over several generations, but in the 4th century BC, the community began to have an increasing role, especially in the cities of the western and north-western coasts of the Black Sea.

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