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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, 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 appraisal of the world of Roman images.Read more
- Approaches Roman art from a broad historical perspective, exploring the relationship between art and society
- Offers provocative insights into Roman art and its study, including the challenges of inter-disciplinary scholarship
- Includes forty-five high quality illustrations: famous works are combined with images that have rarely been published before
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"Peter Stewart's Social History of Roman Art stands out as an excellent introduction not merely to Roman art as such but to current thinking on the topic. Not only will it enrich and stimulate classroom discussion, but for scholars only peripherally interested in the subject it will serve as a highly accessible summary of recent debates on Roman art. ...a pleasure to read. ... Stewart has provided far more than an excellent summary of current debates in Roman art and archaeology. His incisive and persuasive critique of popular concepts like "propaganda" will stimulate debate for years to come." --BMCRSee more reviews
"Peter Stewart offers a smart and engaging synthesis of a range of issues central to the current study of Roman art...Aimed at a readership of both art historians and historians, Stewart strikes a sophisticated yet accessible tone."
NECJ, Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California
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- Date Published: July 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521816328
- length: 218 pages
- dimensions: 233 x 156 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 43 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Who made Roman art?
2. Identity and status
3. Portraits in society
4. The power of images
5. Art of the empire.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Greece and Rome
- History of Rome
- Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology
- Roman Art
- Roman Art & Archaeology
- Roman Art & Culture
- Roman Imperial Art
- Seminar: Problems in Ancient Art
- Survey of Roman Art and Archaeology
- The Classical World
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