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Hidden Lives, Public PersonaeWomen and Civic Life in the Roman West$
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Emily Hemelrijk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251888.001.0001

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Female Presence

Female Presence

Public Honour and Representation

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(p.270) (p.271) Chapter 6 Female Presence
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Hidden Lives, Public Personae
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Emily A. Hemelrijk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251888.003.0007

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.

Keywords:   portrait statue, statue types, female honorand, public funeral, dress, dedications, civic merits, public presence, representation, family groups

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