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date: 18 December 2018

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Roman Asia Minor, due to its own Hellenized history, long involvement with the imperial capital, and widespread wealth, is an important region for various types of sculpture, including freestanding statuary, reliefs, and sarcophagi. Access to multiple local sources of marble had led to the rise of sculptural workshops across the region in the Hellenistic period, which continued apace during the Roman empire. Consequently, there is an extensive record of scholarship on sculpture from Roman Asia Minor, and this chapter provides a brief survey of important sites, established topics, and emerging areas. It is clear that though Asia Minor—also referred to as Anatolia—was culturally and ethnically heterogeneous, there are nevertheless connections between different sites and sculptural centers, as well as common concerns shared by the commissioners, designers, and viewers of sculpture.

Keywords: Second and third centuries AD, Second Sophistic, cultural memory, physical and social contexts for sculpture, local sources of marble

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