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date: 26 June 2019

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The multiple patrons of imperial imagery—from the emperor himself to local elites—constitute the subject of this chapter. Imperial messages were communicated through large quantities of statuary that fulfilled many functions and came in a range of formats. These imperial messages were often initiated by the emperor himself, the imperial family, or imperial agents, but patronage of sculpture that broadcast imperial messages was also undertaken by local elite and other nonimperial individuals. Participation in this sculptural dialogue not only created an imperial presence empire-wide, but established identities for wealthy individuals within it across the social spectrum.

Keywords: emperor, imperial family, municipal elite, Augustales, patronage, freedman, museum, material culture

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