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About the bookTo achieve status in the classical world, a certain intimacy with one's ancestors was essential. By referring to the illustrious exploits and qualities of his forebears, a man could strengthen his position in society. If his origins lacked sufficient glory, he could construct a family tree and testify to its authenticity through the judicious use of portraits and legendary allusions.
In this volume, fifth in the Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity, eleven internationally recognised scholars analyse ancestral representation in ancient Greece, Etruria and Rome. While some contributions address the artistic, social and political significance of given portraits, others address broader themes: true and false forefathers in the portraits of Hellenistic rulers, the question of whether women were ancestors in republican Rome, and how the Roman non-elite used funerary statues to acquire an ancestor.
Table of contentsJakob Munk Højte: Introduction
Carla Antonaccio: Warriors, Traders, and Ancestors: the "Heroes" of Lefkandi
Kristian Jeppesen: Were Images of Ancestors Represented in the Maussolleion at Halikarnossos?
Bernhard Schmaltz: Griechische Grabreliefs klassischer Zeit. Beobachtungen zum Menschenbild des 4. Jhs.
Robert Fleischer: True Ancestors and False Ancestors in Hellenistic Rulers' Portraiture
Bruno Jacobs: Die Galerien der Ahnen des Königs Antiochos I. von Kommagene auf dem Nemrud Dagi
Marjatta Nielsen: "... stemmate quod Tusco ramum millesime ducis ...": Family Tombs and Genealogical Memory among the Etruscans
Stephan Steingräber: Ahnenkult und bildliche Darstellungen von Ahnen in etruskischen und unteritalischen Grabgemälden aus vorrömischer Zeit
Harriet I. Flower: Were Women ever "Ancestors" in Republican Rome?
Patrick Kragelund: The Emperors, the Licinii Crassi and the Carlsberg Pompey
Eve D'Ambra: Acquiring an Ancestor: the Importance of Funerary Statuary among the Non-Elite Orders of Rome
Jane Feifer: Ancestral Aspects of the Roman Honorary Statue
Index of Places and Names
Sanne Lind Hansen
MA in ethnography and classical archeology, and trained from the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne works primarily with the travel books series Vide verden and publications in anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and is the longest serving editor at the Press. A generation ago, she was employed at Antiquities at the National Museum.
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