The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History

The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History

by Lauren Hackworth Petersen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521858895

ISBN-13: 9780521858892

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this study, Lauren Hackworth Petersen critically investigates the problematic notion of "freedman art" in scholarship, dependent as it is on elite-authored texts that are filled with hyperbole and stereotypes of freedmen, such as the memorable fictional character Trimalchio, a boorish ex-slave in Petronius's Satyricon. She emphasizes integrated visual ensembles…  See more details below

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In this study, Lauren Hackworth Petersen critically investigates the problematic notion of "freedman art" in scholarship, dependent as it is on elite-authored texts that are filled with hyperbole and stereotypes of freedmen, such as the memorable fictional character Trimalchio, a boorish ex-slave in Petronius's Satyricon. She emphasizes integrated visual ensembles within defined historical and social contexts and aims to show how material culture can reflect preoccupations that were prevalent throughout Roman society. Interdisciplinary in scope, this book explores the many ways that monuments and artistic commissions usually ascribed to freedmen spoke to a much more complex reality than that presented in literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521858892
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the Roman freedman, "freedman art," and Trimalchio1
Pt. IPublic life and assimilation
1Rebuilding Pompeii : the Popidius family and the temple of Isis17
2The visibility of the Augustales in Pompeii57
3Memory making in the funerary realm : the tomb of the Baker in Rome84
Pt. IISocial integration : Domus and family
4"Freedman taste" in Domus decoration123
5To claim a Domus : the house of the Caecilii at Pompeii163
6Family and community at the Isola Sacra Necropolis : the tomb of the Varii184

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