Last Men Standing: Chlamydatus Portraits and Public Life in Late Antique Corinth

by Amelia R. Brown

Hesperia, Volume 81, Issue 1
Page(s): 141-176
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.81.1.0141
Year: 2012


Notable among the marble sculptures excavated at Corinth are seven portraits of men wearing the long chlamys of Late Antique imperial office. This unusual costume, contemporary portrait heads, and inscribed statue bases all help confirm that new public statuary was created and erected at Corinth during the 4th and 5th centuries. These chlamydatus portraits, published together here for the first time, are likely to represent the Governor of Achaia in his capital city, in the company of local benefactors. Among the last works of the ancient sculptural tradition, they form a valuable source of information on public life in Late Antique Corinth.