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The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel)

By Elise A. Friedland

The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel)
Hardback, 200 pages £15.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9780897570879
Format: 280mm x 216mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology
Series: ASOR Archaeological Reports

Includes 95 b/w figures and 8 tables.

This is the first publication on a deposit of broken marble statues, discovered in 1992 during excavations of the Roman Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi , in Panias, Israel.

From 245 fragments, twenty-nine statues ranging from colossal to miniature and representing mainstream Graeco-Roman deities and mythological figures are reconstructed. Most date stylistically to the first through the late fourth centuries AD.

A catalogue discusses each sculpture's subject, comparanda, workshop associations, and date; three interpretive chapters present the artistic and material origins of the sculptures; patterns of patronage, chronology of sculptural dedication, and display; and sculptural evidence for the sanctuary's pantheon.

List of Illustrations

List of Tables



Chapter 1 - The Sculptures as Idealplastik

Chapter 2 - The Origins of the Sculptures: Marble Provenience, Technical and Stylistic Characteristics, Production, and Acquisition

Chapter 3 - Patronage, Chronology, and Display: Patterns of Sculptural Dedication at the Sanctuary

Chapter 4 - The Subjects of the Sculptures: The Graeco-Roman Pantheon of the Sanctuary of Pan

Chapter 5 - The Function and Meaning of the Sculptures: The Sanctuary of Pan as Graeco-Roman Cult Center in the Levant

Catalogue of the Sculptures


Colossal Statue

Life-Size Statues


Small Scale Statuettes




'Friedland has done an excellent job of examining from all possible angles this difficult corpus of fragmentary statuary from Panias.' (Irene Bald Romano, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2013)

Elise A. Friedland is Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at George Washington University Washington, DC. She is also the sculpture specialist for the Excavations at the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi in Israel and for the site of Jerash in Jordan.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 200 pages
 280mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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