R.R.R. Smith, et al.

Aphrodisias II. Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias.

Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 2006


Aphrodisias is an unusally well preserved Greek city of the Roman period in inland Caria (S.W. Turkey) and has a remarkable body of surviving carved marbles with excavated contexts - statues, monuments, reliefs. A large proportion of the statues produced were portraits awarded to me and women of the local elite. Their number and variety are striking.

The present volume is a study of the character and use of portrait statues as public honors in an ancient city, as well as primary publication of all the portrait statuary from the site, from the first century BC to the third century AD. Emphasis is placed on context and local meaning - on the setting and significance of statue monuments in local society under the Roman Empire.

Read a review from The Journal of Roman Studies Vol. 97 (2007) HERE.

Read a review from the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2007.04.70) HERE.

Read a review from the College Art Association (02SEP2009) HERE.


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