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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rader, Courtney Ann
URN etd-04272010-171250
Title Finding the Originals: A Study of the Roman Copies of the Tyrannicides and the Amazon Group
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Walsh, Justin St. P. Committee Chair
Camerlenghi, Nicola Committee Member
Ross, Steven K. Committee Member
  • Kritios
  • Pliny
  • vase painting
  • Kresilas
  • Polykleitos
  • Aristogeiton
  • Harmodios
Date of Defense 2010-04-13
Availability unrestricted
Very few bronze original Greek sculptures from the fifth-century BCE are extant today. It is through marble Roman copies that lost Greek originals are studied today. Along with the Roman copies, other media and ancient literary sources can be used to study Greek sculpture. My goal for this thesis is to study the previous scholarship and Roman copies of the Tyrannicides and the Amazon Group. When studying copies, scholars must first answer: Is it a copy? Of what is it a copy? If it is a copy, what can the copy tell about the Greek artist? To better answer these questions, I will look to connoisseurship as a possible solution. Ancient literature and other media also present new context in which to understand the lost originals. I will illustrate how all the sources mentioned above aid in the understanding of original Greek sculpture, particularly the Tyrannicides and Amazon Group.
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