Hunters, Heroes, Kings

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Author  Hallie M. Franks
Publisher  American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Publication Date   January 30, 2013
ISBN  0876619669
Pages  250

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This monograph considers the painted frieze on the fa├žade 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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