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La puissance du nom

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This chapter discusses the carved representations of the Roman emperors. Despite a relatively limited documentation, it presents the main types of statuary, their original location when possible, and their distribution in time and space. The chapter begins with the bases of the imperial statues. The sculptures of Julio-Claudian emperors are almost absent from the Syrian provinces in terms of archaeological remains and even literary sources. Certainly Josephus mentions a statue of Augustus carried out on the model of Zeus Olympius, and placed in the Temple of Augustus and Rome in Caesarea. Finally, the spread of armored statues and portraits coming from Attic workshops seems to be confirmed in varied areas such as Phoenicia or Hauran, along with the realization of sculptures in a local style that interprets models disseminated by the imperial power. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: imperial power; imperial statues; literary sources; Roman emperors; Syrian provinces



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