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The Social History of Roman Art

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Part of Key Themes in Ancient History

  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016599

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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.

    • 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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    '… the author's stated aim is 'to explain something of what Roman art was intended to do, how it functioned, and how … it was perceived.' Peter Stewart succeeds admirably in his stated objective … this book provides a brilliantly incisive account of Roman art and is thoroughly recommended.' Minerva

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016599
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    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
  • Author

    Peter Stewart, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    Peter Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Classical Art and its Heritage at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. His previous publications include Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (2003) and Roman Art (2004).

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