Representations of War in Ancient Rome

Representations of War in Ancient Rome

by Sheila Dillon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521848172

ISBN-13: 9780521848176

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

War suffused Roman life to a degree unparalleled in other ancient societies. Through a combination of obsessive discipline and frenzied (though carefully orchestrated) brutality, Rome's armies conquered most of the lands stretching from Scotland to Syria, and the Black Sea to Gibraltar. The place of war in Roman culture has been studied in historical terms, but

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War suffused Roman life to a degree unparalleled in other ancient societies. Through a combination of obsessive discipline and frenzied (though carefully orchestrated) brutality, Rome's armies conquered most of the lands stretching from Scotland to Syria, and the Black Sea to Gibraltar. The place of war in Roman culture has been studied in historical terms, but this is the first book to examine the ways in which Romans represented war, in both visual imagery and in literary accounts. Audience reception and the reconstruction of display contexts are recurrent themes here, as is the language of images: a language that is sometimes explicit and at other times allusive in its representation of war. The chapters encompass a wide variety of art media (architecture, painting, sculpture, building, relief, coin), and they focus on the towering period of Roman power and international influence: the 3rd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521848176
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 10.28(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1The transformation of victory into power : from event to structure27
2Siege narrative in Livy : representation and reality49
3Roman aesthetics and the spoils of Syracuse68
4Domi Militiaeque : Roman domestic aesthetics and war booty in the republic91
5The origins of the Roman Scaenae Frons and the architecture of triumphal games in the second century B.C.162
6The bringer of victory : imagery and institutions at the advents of empire184
7Conquest and desire : Roman Victoria in public and provincial sculpture218
8Women on the columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius and the visual language of Roman victory244
9Battle imagery and politics on the Severan Arch in the Roman forum272
10Readings in the narrative literature of Roman courage300

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