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date: 16 September 2019

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The context in which sculptures were vowed and dedicated is revealed through the analysis of inscriptions on bases, which survive in far greater numbers than the sculptures themselves. Study of these inscriptions provides critical evidence for the habits of erecting statues across the Roman empire including the identity of the statue, the name and titles of the dedicator, the date, physical location, and on some occasions the motivation, as well as details such as cost, artist, materials, and form of dedication. This information, both individually and in aggregate, reveals the social, religious, and political world of which sculpture is a product. Inscriptions reveal the layers of dialogue and competing and complementary values of different levels of Roman society.

Keywords: epigraphy, inscriptions, beneficence, dynastic display, public sculpture, Augustales, imperial cult, statue base, sculptural dedication

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