The Social History of Roman Art

The Social History of Roman Art

by Peter Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816327

ISBN-13: 9780521816328

Pub. Date: 07/07/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The character of Roman art history has changed in recent years. More than ever before, it is concerned with the role of art in ancient society, including the functions that it served and the values and assumptions that it reflects. At the same time, images have become centrally important to the study of ancient history in general. This book offers a new, critical…  See more details below

Overview

The character of Roman art history has changed in recent years. More than ever before, it is concerned with the role of art in ancient society, including the functions that it served and the values and assumptions that it reflects. At the same time, images have become centrally important to the study of ancient history in general. This book offers a new, critical introduction to Roman art against the background of these developments. Focusing on selected examples and themes, it sets the images in context, explains how they have been interpreted, and explodes some of the modern myths that surround them. It also explores some of the problems and contradictions that we face when we try to deal with ancient art in this manner. From wall-paintings to statues, from coins to the gravestones, this is a lucid and often provocative reappraisal of the world of Roman images.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816328
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/07/2008
Series:
Key Themes in Ancient History Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

1 Who made Roman art? 10

2 Identity and status 39

3 Portraits in society 77

4 The power of images 108

5 Art of empire 143

Bibliographical essay 173

Bibliography 177

Index 195

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