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To explore the ethical and political role of life-sized bronzes in ancient Greece, as Pliny and others report between 3,000 and 73,000 such statues in a city like Rhodes, this article asks what these bronzes looked like. Using the resources of hermeneutic phenomenological reflection, as well as a review of the nature of bronze and casting techniques, it is argued that the ancient Greeks encountered such statues as images of themselves in agonistic tension in dynamic and political fashion. The Greek saw, and at the same time felt himself regarded by, the statue not as he believed the statue divine but because he was poised against the statue as a living exemplar.
Babich, Babette, "Greek Bronze: Holding a Mirror to Life, Expanded reprint from the Irish Philosophical Yearbook 2006: In Memoriam John J. Cleary 1949-2009" (2009). Articles and Chapters in Academic Book Collections. 15.
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