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Title: Statues in Dialogue
Subtitle: Visual Similarities in 'Grown' Roman Imperial Statue Groups from the Greek East
Author(s): HEIJNEN, Sam
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 51    Date: 2021   
Pages: 123-156
DOI: 10.2143/AS.51.0.3290247

Abstract :
Statues of the Roman emperor and of his family members were usually set up together in groups, to which new statues were often added over time. This article shows that the iconography and style of new additions to imperial statue groups in the Greek East were regularly influenced by statues already present in the intended display environment. This phenomenon not only attests to the existence of a local field of references for sponsors and workshops to tap into, but it also hints at the deliberate use of honorific statuary by communities to shape a narrative of local identity mediated around the person of the emperor.

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