Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments from Augustus to Marcus Aureliusby Penelope J. E. Davies
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This book offers the first comprehensive study of the funerary monuments made for the Roman emperors as a genre. These monuments, which include the Mausoleum of Augustus, Trajan's Column, and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, are among the best known and most extensively excavated and documented structures of Roman antiquity In this study, Penelope Davies demonstrates that these monuments served a dual role, as memorials to the dead and as accession monuments that would guarantee dynastic continuity for the monarchy on the precarious occasion of the emperor's death.
'… stimulating and well-written … Davies has performed a signal service in making us look with new eyes at a number of long familiar monuments. On this she must be warmly congratulated.' The Burlington Magazine
'… imaginatively interprets the experience and effect of these monuments and restores them to their settings.' Mortality
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PENELOPE J. E. DAVIES is Associate Professor of Roman Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book Death and the Emperor was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2000. It won the Vasari Award, sponsored by the Dallas Museum of Art.
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