The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality

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Drawing frequently upon ancient inscriptions as well as other archaeological material, Katherine Dunbabin studies the representations of the banquet in Roman painting, mosaic, sculpture, and the minor arts, and compares them to archaeological evidence as well as written sources. She discusses the history of dining practices and the evolution of the iconography of dining. By highlighting the artistic and archaeological evidence, Dunbabin offers a more well-rounded picture of the role of the Roman banquet than can be found in literary sources alone.
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"The book is handsomely produced and well illustrated, with a generous section of colour plates." Ruth Westgate, Cardiff School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University

"The Roman Banquet is a superb example of art history in context. By isolating the visual, achaeological and literary evidence for a single theme, this short book succeeds in providing an overview of the role of art in communicating deeply held social and cultural ideals...This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in Roman art, archaeology, and cultural and social history." - Helen Nagy, University of Puget Sound

"...artfully packaged into an attractive book-length format, in which a lively text and rich assortment of illustrations, some in colour, combine to offer the reader a stimulating introduction to the world of Roman banqueting and to the issues raised by the many surviving images of Roman conviviality." - J.J. Rossiter, University of Alberta

"Engagingly written, extensively documented, and generously illustrated by a variety of media (sculpture, painting, and mosaic) from a range of locations, contexts and chronological periods, the work contains much that is new. Dunbabin illustrates the book with well-chosen, mostly clear photographs closely keyed to the text. A valuable glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful indices add to the usefulness of the work." American Journal of Archaeology, Robert I. Curtis, University of Georgia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521822527
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine M. D. Dunbabin is Professor Emerita of Classics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A scholar of the British School at Rome, a Humboldt Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Jackson Lecturer at Harvard University, she is also the author of Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World.
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Table of Contents

1. Romans, Greeks and others on the banqueting couch; 2. Place-settings; 3. Public dining; 4. Drinking in the tomb; 5. Banqueting in late antiquity; 6. The last banqueters.
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