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The Roman Imperial Mausoleum in Late Antiquity

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521513715

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  • This book is the first comprehensive study of the mausolea of the later Roman emperors. Constructed between ca. AD 244 and 450 and bridging the transition from paganism to Christianity within the empire, these important buildings shared a common design, that of domed rotunda. Mark Johnson examines the symbolism and function of the mausolea, demonstrating for the first time that these monuments served as temples and shrines to the divinized emperors. Through an examination of literary sources and the archaeological record, he identifies which buildings were built as imperial tombs. Each building is examined to determine its place in the development of the type as well as for its unique features within the group. Recognizing the strong relationship between the mausolea built for pagan and Christian emperors, Johnson also analyzes their important differences.

    • This is the first comprehensive study of this group of buildings in any language and features detailed description and analysis of each
    • The volume is well illustrated with numerous drawings and photographs, including 16 color plates
    • Contains an appendix outlining the evidence for identifying the burial place of each of the later Roman emperors
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    “Mark Johnson’s book offers a valuable and up-to-date survey of extant and otherwise attested Roman imperial mausolea from Augustus to Honorius. This accessible and informative study should be the first stop for scholars and students interested in pursuing further analysis of Late Roman imperial funerary monuments.” – American Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521513715
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 186 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The emperor in death
    2. From tumulus to domed rotunda in imperial mausolea
    3. The mature domed rotunda – mausolea of the Tetrarchs
    4. Mausolea of the Christian emperors
    5. Sepulcra Divorum – symbolism and cult practices.

  • Author

    Mark J. Johnson, Brigham Young University, Utah
    Mark Johnson is Professor of Art History at Brigham Young University. A scholar of ancient and Early Christian and Byzantine architecture, he has published in Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, Byzantion, and the Journal of Early Christian Studies, among other journals.

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