Children in the Visual Arts of Imperial Rome

Children in the Visual Arts of Imperial Rome

by Jeannine Diddle Uzzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 052182026X

ISBN-13: 9780521820264

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Modern approaches to Roman imperialism have often characterized Romanzation as a benign or neutral process of cultural exchange between Roman and non-Roman, conqueror and conquered. Although supported by certain types of literary and archaeological evidence, this characterization is not reflected in the visual imagery of the Roman ruling elite. In official imperial

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Overview

Modern approaches to Roman imperialism have often characterized Romanzation as a benign or neutral process of cultural exchange between Roman and non-Roman, conqueror and conquered. Although supported by certain types of literary and archaeological evidence, this characterization is not reflected in the visual imagery of the Roman ruling elite. In official imperial art, Roman children are most often shown in depictions of peaceful public gatherings before the emperor, whereas non-Roman children appear only in scenes of submission, triumph, or violent military activity. Images of children, those images most fraught with potential in Roman art, underscore the contrast between Roman and non-Roman and as a group present a narrative of Roman identity. As Jeannine Diddle Uzzi argues in this 2005 study, the stark contrast between images of Roman and non-Roman children conveys the ruling elite's notions of what it meant to be Roman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521820264
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the question; 2. Evidence, methodology, and the child image; 3. Imperial largesse; 4. Public gathering; 5. Anaglypha Traiani/Hadriani; 6. Submission; 7. Triumph; 8. Battle ground; 9. Ara Pacis; 10. Conclusion: a narrative of identity; Appendix. Children in nonofficial imagery.

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