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Faces of Power

Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

Andrew Stewart



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University of California Press
24 January 1994
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 clich??s 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.
By:   Andrew Stewart
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   11
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 51mm
Weight:   1.406kg
ISBN:   9780520068513
ISBN 10:   0520068513
Series:   Hellenistic Culture and Society
Pages:   550
Publication Date:   24 January 1994
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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).

Reviews for Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

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

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