Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art

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Although Roman provincial art is often portrayed as a poor copy of works created in the imperial capital, this volume's contributors offer new interpretations of provincial mosaics, wall-paintings, statues and jewelry. They express what these art works reveal about the nature of life under an imperial regime. Broad geographical and chronological coverage allows unique insights into the social and political significance of visual expression across the Roman Empire.

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"These scholars know their material and offer thoughtful assessments. These...essays present [...] a solid preliminary view of the issues that concern art historians." CAA Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521805926
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 1. Provincial art and Roman imperialism: an overview Sarah Scott; Part I. Conceptualizing Provincial Art: 2. Art, Romanization and competence Catherine Johns; 3. Art as resistance and negotiation Jane Webster; Part II. Metropolitan Art and the Depiction of Rome's 'Others': 4. 'The hanged men dance': Barbarians in Trajanic art Iain Ferris; 5. Female representation in Roman art: feminizing the provincial 'Other' René Rodgers; Part III. Art in the Roman West: 6. Poles apart?: Perceptions of gender in Gaulish and British cult-imagery Miranda Aldhouse Green; 7. 'The Captains and the Kings depart' Martin Henig; 8. Seeing Apollo in Roman Gaul and Germany Greg Woolf; Part IV. Art in Roman North Africa: 9. Family values? Art and power at Ghirza, Tripolitania David Matingly; Part V. Art in the Roman East: 10. The houses of Antioch: a study of the domestic sphere in the imperial Near East Shelley Hales; 11. Art and identity in Asia Minor Zahra Newby; Epilogue: 12. Art and aesthetics: a personal view Martin Henig.

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