Changing context of Olympic victor statues in Greece and Rome

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The aim of the thesis is to investigate the standing of Olympic victor statues in Greece and Rome. The major focus is on how the meaning and the perception of the statues become transformed in different contexts. Throughout the study the reception alongside the location and meaning of athletic sculpture are primary points of concern. The standing of the patron and the viewer with respect to transformed models and their perception in relation to context constitute a significant part while formal details of artistic creativity and workmanship are dealt with only as necessary. It is known that Roman victor sculptures go back to Greek models; however remarkable change is revealed in the context and meaning of display – such as the emergence of statues for the decoration of private villas or public baths – rather than major stylistic changes in the statues themselves. So, the goal of the study is to understand how the Romans looked to the past and to Greeks in particular. An attempt is made to understand how Romans used their own values to appropriate and transform earlier Greek models, by focusing especially on the display and context.


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Citation Formats
A. Köseoğlu, “Changing context of Olympic victor statues in Greece and Rome,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2012.