Pliny's Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History

Pliny's Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History

by Sorcha Carey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199259135

ISBN-13: 9780199259137

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

One of the earliest surviving examples of "art history," Pliny the Elder's "chapters on art" form part of his encyclopedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. This important new work reassesses Pliny's discussion of art, revealing how art is used to expound the Roman imperial agenda

Overview

One of the earliest surviving examples of "art history," Pliny the Elder's "chapters on art" form part of his encyclopedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. This important new work reassesses Pliny's discussion of art, revealing how art is used to expound the Roman imperial agenda which dominates the work as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199259137
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates     viii
List of Illustrations     ix
Abbreviations     xii
In Search of the Invisible Man     1
The Strategies of Encyclopaedism     17
Representing Empire: Monuments and the Creation of Roman Space     41
The Problem of Totality: Collecting Greek Art, Wonders, and Luxury     75
The Artifice of Nature     102
Imaging Memory     138
Conclusion     179
Bibliography     184
Index     193
Index Locorum     205

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