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Representation of Power in Southern Arabia in the Early Centuries CE

Sabina Antonini
Dr Sabina Antonini is the Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen for Monumenta Orientalia (Rome). From 1984 to 2013, she was the archaeologist and principal art historian for the mission’s excavations. Since 2012, she has contributed to CNRS (Paris) archaeological efforts in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. She is the author of 9 monographs and over fifty articles on South Arabian Archaeology and Art History. Antonini received her PhD from the University of Naples L’Orientale.
Representation of Power in Southern Arabia in the Early Centuries CE
As part of the South Arabian figurative production in the early centuries CE, few statues that belong to the Greek-Roman iconographic tradition can be considered as new examples of ‘official art’, with clear propaganda intent. In the broader framework of cultural exchange between the Hellenized East, of which Arabia Felix was part, and the Hellenistic-Roman Mediterranean world, some artworks will be presented to demonstrate the spread of new regal themes in the South Arabian society: precious hints how the new image of the sovereign was designed.

 

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