Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-Elite Viewers in Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 315 / Edition 1

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Overview

This illustrated book brings to life the ancient Romans whom modern scholarship has largely ignored: slaves, ex-slaves, foreigners, and the freeborn working poor. Though they had no access to the upper echelons of society, ordinary Romans enlivened their world with all manner of artworks. Discussing a wide range of art in the late republic and early empire - from familiar monuments to the obscure Caupona of Salvius and little-studied tomb reliefs - John R. Clarke provides a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of ordinary Roman people. Writing for a wide audience, he illuminates the dynamics of a discerning and sophisticated population, overturning much accepted wisdom about them, and opening our eyes to their astounding cultural diversity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520248151
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2006
  • Series: Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literatu
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Clarke is Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of History of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Roman Sex (2003), Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250 (California, 1998), The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration (California, 1991), and Roman Black-and-White Figural Mosaics (1979).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Imperial Representation of Non-Elites 15
1 Augustus's and Trajan's Messages to Commoners 19
2 The All-Seeing Emperor and Ordinary Viewers: Marcus Aurelius and Constantine 42
Pt. 2 Non-Elites in the Public Sphere 69
3 Everyman, Everywoman, and the Gods 73
4 Everyman and Everywoman at Work 95
5 Spectacle: Entertainment, Social Control, Self-Advertising, and Transgression 130
6 Laughter and Subversion in the Tavern: Image, Text, and Context 160
7 Commemoration of Life in the Domain of the Dead: Non-Elite Tombs and Sarcophagi 181
Pt. 3 Non-Elites in the Domestic Sphere 221
8 Minding your Manners: Banquets, Behavior, and Class 223
9 Putting your Best Face Forward: Self-Representation at Home 246
Conclusions 269
Notes 277
Bibliography 331
Illustration Credits 353
Index 363
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