Public Honour and Representation
This chapter discusses women’s public portrait statues and public funerals. Apart from offering a survey of the statues themselves and their display context, the main focus is on the inscriptions on their bases and the reasons for setting them up. Two groups may be distinguished: women praised for their civic merits, and inscriptions merely recording the name and distinguished rank and family of the honorand. The last group was usually of the most elevated rank; though these women may well have bestowed benefactions or other services, their high rank sufficed as a reason for a statue. The chapter discusses the function and significance of women’s public statues both for the honorand and her family and for the city, and the rarer honour of a public funeral. Finally, a comparison is made between male and female honorands and dedicators of public statues on the basis of two regional samples.
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