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Attalos, Athens, and the Akropolis
The Pergamene 'Little Barbarians' and their Roman and Renaissance Legacy

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831635

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  • This 2005 volume examines the 'little barbarians', ten highly expressive Roman marble figures of Giants, Amazons, Persians, and Gauls that were found in Rome in 1514 and are now recognized as copies of the Small (or Lesser) Attalid Dedication on the Athenian Akropolis. Manolis Korres' recent discovery of the monument's pedestals, fully published in this volume, has led Andrew Stewart to a complete reconsideration of the statues' form, date, and significance. He demonstrates that this is the only Hellenistic royal donation of sculpture whose donor, location, and form are all known; the only one securely identified in copy; and the only one whose life can be glimpsed from beginning to end, a period ranging over 2200 years. Illustrated with photographs of all ten Barbarians, and 26 drawings by Manolis Korres, it systematically traces the Barbarians' impact upon Roman and Renaissance art, and the intellectual history of art and archaeology.

    • Discoveries about the Athenian Akropolis
    • Contributions to Greek, Roman, and Renaissance art history, and the intellectual history and methodology of the discipline
    • Complete photographic documentation of the 'Little Barbarians', their comparanda, and the Roman and Renaissance artworks that draw on them
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    '… the author's stated aim, 'to explain something of what Roman art was intended to do, how it functioned, and how ... it was perceived', has been brilliantly achieved.' Arctos

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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831635
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 216 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.51kg
    • contains: 306 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rediscovery: scholars, sleuths, and stones
    2. Appropriation: gladiators for Christ
    3. Reproduction: Vei Victis!
    4. Genesis: Barbarians at the gates
    Conclusion: 'The truth in sculpture'
    Documentary Essay: the pedestals and the Akropolis South Wall Manolis Korres.

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    Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley
    Andrew Stewart is Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology at University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of fellowships from the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and Guggenheim Foundation, he is the author of numerous works on aspects of Greek art, including Greek Sculpture: An Exploration; Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics; and Art, Desire, and the Body in Ancient Greece.

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