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Elizabeth Palmer Baltes
Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC 29526-8428)
Portrait Statuary from the Athenian Agora Excavations

Research and writing one chapter and a catalogue of female statuary found in the ancient Athenian Agora, the city’s central meeting place.

The aim of this project is to study and publish in monograph form the full range of material remains of portrait statuary found in the Athenian Agora. A careful analysis of all identifiable fragments of portrait statue bodies and inscribed bases, together with portrait heads, busts, and herms, will generate a better understanding of the local customs and concerns that influenced Athenian portrait production from the late Classical through the Roman period. In order to reconstruct the history of portrait dedication and display in and around the Agora, this project will examine not only the artifacts themselves, but also the full range of contexts in which portrait statuary has been found. This contextual approach, which will include the use of digital technologies such as GIS and 3D modeling, will enable a fuller understanding of how the production and display of portrait statues was shaped by local Athenian history from the fourth century BC to the third century AD.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Classics; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2021 – 8/14/2022