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Visual Histories of the Classical World
Essays in Honour of R.R.R. Smith

C. M. Draycott, R. Raja, K. Welch, W. T. Wootton (eds.)
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XLII+549 p., 94 b/w ill. + 271 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57632-9
Languages: English, French, German
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Professor R.R.R. Smith is one of the foremost scholars in the study of Classical art, or more broadly, ‘visual culture’, pioneering research that examines not only the details of images and objects themselves, but also their contexts and underlying conceptual frameworks. Key to his approach is a focus on social identity: by exploring the people who commissioned, produced, and consumed ancient art, he has offered important insights into what this can tell us about how people lived, and how they perceived themselves and were seen by others.

This volume, produced on the occasion of R.R.R. Smith’s 65th birthday, draws together essays from a distinguished group of researchers who have been inspired by Smith’s work and its value for reconstructing ancient social and cultural history. The papers gathered here consider various aspects of art and architecture in the classical world, engaging directly with R.R.R. Smith’s own research, and at the same time celebrating his enormous contribution to scholarship.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Approaches, Methods and Materials

A World of Choice: Taking Archaic Greek Diversity Seriously — ROBIN OSBORNE

Art History and Achaemenid History: Or, What You Can Get out of the Back End of a Bull — CATHERINE M. DRAYCOTT

What is the Value of Images? On the Significance of Time Spent Looking at Classical Art — CASPAR MEYER

Ancient Greek Artists and Texts: Loss and Re-Creation — PETER STEWART

Two New Lekythoi and Two ’Ghosts’ — THOMAS MANNACK

A Short History of the Depiction of Plaster Casts in the Scholarly Literature on Ancient Sculpture — RUNE FREDERIKSEN

Royal Representations

The Lion Pit and Other Ambiguous Violence against Statues at Iron-Age Zincirli — CHRISTOPH BACHHUBER

Alexander's Hearse and the Alexander Sarcophagus: Power Politics and Commemoration in a Changing World — STEPHAN FAUST

An Ambiguous Identification: The Diorite Statue in Diaphanous Drapery from Canopus —EMMA LIBONATI

A Cast, a Bird, and a Queen (?) — MILENA MELFI

Reconstructing Hellenistic Imagery

Portrait Statues in the City Eleusinion in Athens — SHEILA DILLON

Apollo’s Children: Five Statues from Delphi — OLYMPIA BOBOU

Seeing the Invisible — JOHN MA

A Puzzling Pachyderm — KENNETH LAPATIN

Roman Imperial Representations

Writing Histories from Roman Imperial Portraiture: The Case of the Julio-Claudian Princes — KATHARINA LORENZ

Terracotta, Antiquarianism, and the ’Archaic Revival’ of Early Augustan Rome — CHRIS HALLETT

Zum Bildnis des Kaisers Claudius in Braunschweig — KLAUS FITTSCHEN


Zu einer neuen Bildnisbüste des Kaisers Domitian in Toledo — PAUL ZANKER


Social and Cultural Identities in Sculpture

Minding the Gap: Issues of Transmission and Cultural Translation in Graeco-Roman Art — BJORN EWALD

The Statue Monument of C. Billienus in the Stoa of Antigonos Gonatas on Delos — MANTHA ZARMAKOUPI

SimulacraGentium[Africanarum] — BEN RUSSELL

Stacking Aesthetics in the Syrian Desert. Displaying Palmyrene Sculpture in the Public and Funerary Sphere — RUBINA RAJA

Constructed Cities

Notes on the Origins and Early Development of the ’Agora of the Kerameikos’ — ANDREW STEWART

The Res gestae of Q. Haterius Q. L. Tychicus, Redemptor — MARGARETA STEINBY

Herodes Atticus in Rome: The Triopion Reconsidered — BARBARA BORG

Street Plaques (and Other Signs) at Ostia — JANET DELAINE

Roman Domestic Décor(um)

Fictive Gardens and Family Identity in the House of Neptune and Amphitrite — MARYL GENSHEIMER

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat? A Roman Mosaic from the House of the Cryptoporticus, Carthage — WILL WOOTTON

Reading Memorial Art

The Banquet Scene at Kazanluk: A Feast of Speculation — JANE MASSEGLIA

‘An Officer and a Gentleman’: The Stele of Aristokydes Son of Xenokles, a Keian in Demetrias — MARIA STAMATOPOLOU

Public Profiles and Mediated Selfies in Ancient Macedonia: The Gravestones’ Facebook — MYRINA KALAITZI

Some Observations on Dionysiac Sarcophagi — JAS ELSNER

Aphrodisias and Aphrodisians

Myon, a True Ktistes: A New Inscription from Aphrodisias and its Context — ANGELOS CHANIOTIS

The Cemetery of Bingec (Plarasa) — CHRIS RATTE

Earthquakes at Aphrodisias — ANDREW WILSON

Reconsidering the Sculptor's Workshop at Aphrodisias — JULIE VAN VOORHIS

Another Statue in Context: Rhodopaios of Aphrodisas — JULIA LENAGHAN

Looking at Late Antiquity

The Use of Statuary in Late Antique North Africa and its Social and Economic Significance: An Overview — ANNA LEONE

Statues of Men, Men as Statues: Distancing the Body from Its Portrait Statue in Late Antiquity — ESEN OGUS


“With 41 papers and over 360 beautifully reproduced illustrations, this excellent book demonstrates the vibrancy of current scholarship on classical art and certainly reflects Smith’s enormous contribution to the discipline.” (Claire Nesbitt, in Antiquity, 93/368, 2019, p. 556)

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Africa & Asia
Egypt & North Africa
Palestine & Near East
Mesopotamia & Iranian plateau (Middle East)
Ancient history & archaeology: Europe
Rome (with Italy and adjacent territories)
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Pre-classical art history
Classical art history
Classical architecture
Classical sculpture
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences

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