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Late Classical and Hellenistic Silver Plate from Macedonia$
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Eleni Zimi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199550449.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Chapter:
(p.121) 7. Epilogue
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Late Classical and Hellenistic Silver Plate from Macedonia
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Eleni Zimi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199550449.003.0007

This epilogue raises the issue of the provenance of silverware found inside graves of the Macedonian ruling class. It describes the common ‘Macedonian’ features found in small-scale sculptures that differentiate them from others. It considers the Macedonians’ desire for sophistication in the form of their vessels more than in other instruments. It also places forward a re-examination of the process of mercury gilding done by the Macedonians, a technique widely known to come from Rome. It highlights the notion of a certain degree of independence brought by the willing Macedonian craftsmen to be open to inspiration from other centres beyond the Greek world, giving them a repertoire with variety that is also distinct.

Keywords:   Macedonian ruling class, silver vessels, mercury gilding, Rome, craftsmen, Greece

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