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Title: The marble statuettes from the Athenian Agora, first century BC to fourth century AD
Author: Martens, Brian
ISNI:       0000 0004 7652 5794
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This study presents the full range of marble statuettes and statuette fragments, certainly or probably carved between the first century BC and the fourth century AD, that have been found during excavations of the Athenian Agora conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The statuettes depict gods and goddesses in the forms of well-known classical and hellenistic models: Aphrodite, Asklepios, Eros, Artemis, Herakles, Pan, Apollo, Tyche, and Hermes, among others. In addition to the close autopsy and description of individual works, the primary aim of this study is to examine the statuettes as a group of cultural artefacts that document religion, society, and artistic production in Athens and beyond. Chapter 1 introduces the material and defines it shape. Chapter 2 builds an archaeological and chronological framework that places the bulk of production in the second and third centuries AD, up until the time of the Herulian sack in AD 267. Chapter 3 considers the demands of consumers through the lens of iconographic choice revealing local Athenian ways of picturing the gods. Chapters 4 and 5 explore the display settings of statuettes in sacred and domestic spaces, ultimately arguing that most statuettes were destined for houses where they could perform roles in ritual activities. Chapter 6 shifts attention to the maker for a discussion of the techniques and processes of production, as well as patterns of trade. Chapter 7 concludes the study with focus on the mobile nature of statuettes in household settings. A brief epilogue reflects on the late-antique lives of the statuettes.
Supervisor: Smith, R. R. R. Sponsor: Clarendon Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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