Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture and History

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Rome continues to be the monumental expression of a legend. It is the eternal city where all roads of the ancient world converged, and through the millennia has been the model for the very concept of a universal empire. Through art, architecture, and urban planning, the empire expanded with an exceptional synthesis of technology, politics, law, and propaganda, conquering Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Accompanied by masterpieces of architecture, sculpture and painting and the words of illustrious ...
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Rome continues to be the monumental expression of a legend. It is the eternal city where all roads of the ancient world converged, and through the millennia has been the model for the very concept of a universal empire. Through art, architecture, and urban planning, the empire expanded with an exceptional synthesis of technology, politics, law, and propaganda, conquering Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Accompanied by masterpieces of architecture, sculpture and painting and the words of illustrious figures, Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History follows the arc of the city and its civilization from their beginnings to their height and decline. Included are discussions of the emperor Augustus; the Julio-Claudian dynasty; the ill-fated town of Pompeii; the architecture and planning of the metropolis; the art and architecture of the provinces of Europe and North Africa; and the fall of the Western Empire and the establishment of the Byzantine Empire as the heir of Rome.
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Ada Gabucci is the editor of the magisterial study The Colosseum, also from Getty Publications.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
The Roman Republic Begins to Assert Itself 6
Toward an Empire 8
27 B.C. - A.D. 96: The Empire's Beginnings and Establishment
The Pax Augusta: Ideology and Propaganda 12
The Augustan Style 14
A Portrait of Augustus 16
The Ara Pacis 18
Artistic Craftwork 20
Livia's Villa 22
The Provinces: Narbonesis Gaul 24
Portraits of the Julio-Claudian Family 26
Nero and the Domus Aurea 28
The Flavian Dynasty: A Turning Point for the Principate 30
Flavian Art 32
Pompeii 34
Styles of Pompeii 36
The Arch of Titus and the Historic Roman Relief 38
Bread of Circuses 40
The Colosseum 42
A.D. 96-192: The Height of the Empire: From Trajan to the Antonines
Trajan the Optimus Princeps 46
The Trajan Forum and Market 48
The Provinces: Hispania 50
Hadrian's Villa 52
Hadrian and Antinous 54
Urban and Architectural Development 56
Palmyra 58
The Eastern Rites: Isis 60
Marble Funeral Monuments and Sarcophagi 62
Mosaics and Stuccowork 64
A Golden Age of Justice and Well-being 66
The Antonine Column 68
Marcus Aurelius 70
A Turning Point during the Reign of Commodus 72
The Portraits of Fayyum 74
A.D. 192-305: Crisis in the Empire: From the Severans to the Tetrarchy
A Turning Point for the Military 78
Lepcis Magna 80
Sculpture in Rome and Africa 82
Portraits and Sarcophagi 84
The Catacombs 86
The Baths of Caracalla 88
Invasions and Disorder 90
Rome as Fortress: The Aurelian Walls 92
The Tetrarchy: Toward a New Peace 94
The Baths of Diocletian 96
Diocletian's Reforms 98
A.D. 305-565: The Fall of the Empire: Epilogue to an Ancient World
The Christian Empire 102
The Arch of Constantine 104
Treveri 106
Marble Inlay and Mosaics 108
Piazza Armerina 110
The Mausoleum of Constantina 112
Aquileia 114
The Sacred and Profane on Sarcophagi 116
Diptychs 118
Theodosius and the Suppression of Pagan Worship 120
The Fall of the Western Empire 122
Constantinople and the Triumph of Christian Art 124
Justinian and the Byzantine Empire 126
Ravenna 128
App The Roman Empire under Trajan (A.D. 98-117) 132
App Fourth-Century Rome 134
Index of Places 136
Index of Names 140
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