Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

Hardback Hellenistic Culture and Society

By (author) Andrew Stewart

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 545 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 257mm x 51mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 24 January 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520068513
  • ISBN 13: 9780520068513
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 8 color illustrations, 191 b/w photographs, 5 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,661,060

Product description

Alexander the Great changed the face of the ancient world. During his life and after his death, his image in works of art exerted an unprecedented influence-on marbles, bronzes, ivories, frescoes, mosaics, coins, medals, even painted pottery and reliefware. Alexander's physiognomy became the most famous in history. But can we really know what meaning lies behind these images? Andrew Stewart demonstrates that these portraits--wildly divergent in character, quality, type, provenance, date, and purpose--actually transmit not so much a likeness of Alexander as a set of carefully crafted cliches that mobilize the notion "Alexander" for diverse ends and diverse audiences. Stewart discusses the portraits as studies in power and his original interpretation of them gives unprecedented fullness and shape to the idea and image called "Alexander."

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Author information

Andrew Stewart is Professor of Greek and Roman Art at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book is Greek Sculpture: An Exploration (1990).

Review quote

"A beautifully presented volume. . . . Stewart's catalogue of Alexandrine iconography is virtually exhaustive, his exegesis balanced and cogent, and his eruditions vast, making this book a classic of Alexander-scholarship."--"Classical Review