Hunters, Heroes, Kings: The Frieze of Tomb II at Vergina [Hardback]

Hallie M. Franks (Author)

ISBN: 9780876619667 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Ancient Art and Architecture in Context | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 250p, H292 x W241 (mm)

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Hunters, Heroes, Kings


This monograph considers the painted frieze on the façade of Tomb II at Vergina (ca. 330-280 B.C.) as a visual document that offers vital evidence for the public self-stylings of Macedonian royalty in the era surrounding the reign of Alexander the Great. The hunting scene on the frieze reflects the construction of Macedonian royal identity through the appeal to specific and long-standing cultural traditions, which emerged, long before Alexanders reign, out of a complex negotiation of claims to heroic and local dynastic pasts, regional ideals of kingship, and models of royal behavior provided by the East.

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