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A Companion to Roman Art

Barbara E. Borg (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9288-0
664 pages
December 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Roman Art encompasses various artistic genres, ancient contexts, and modern approaches for a comprehensive guide to Roman art.
  • Offers comprehensive and original essays on the study of Roman art
  • Contributions from distinguished scholars with unrivalled expertise covering a broad range of international approaches
  • Focuses on the socio-historical aspects of Roman art, covering several topics that have not been presented in any detail in English
  • Includes both close readings of individual art works and general discussions
  • Provides an overview of main aspects of the subject and an introduction to current debates in the field
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

List of Abbreviations xiv

List of Illustrations xv

Introduction 1
Barbara E. Borg

Part I Methods and Approaches 9

1 Defining Roman Art 11
Christopher H. Hallett

2 Roman Historical Representations 34
Tonio Holscher

3 Methodological Approaches to the Dating and Identification of Roman Portraits 52
Klaus Fittschen

4 Roman Art and Gender Studies 71
Natalie Kampen

Part II The Beginnings and End of Roman Art 93

5 Republican Rome and Italic Art 95
Massimiliano Papini

6 Adapting Greek Art 114
Rachel Kousser

7 The Art of Late Antiquity: A Contextual Approach 130
Alessandra Bravi

Part III Producing and Commissioning Roman Art 151

8 Technique and Message in Roman Art 153
Mont Allen

9 Roman Art and the Artist 172
Michael Squire

10 Roman Art and the State 195
Peter J. Holliday

11 "Arte Plebea" and Non ]elite Roman Art 214
Lauren Hackworth Petersen

Part IV Genres 231

12 Roman Portraits 233
Jane Fejfer

13 Wall Painting 252
Katharina Lorenz

14 Mosaics 268
Roger Ling

15 Roman Sarcophagi 286
Michael Koortbojian

16 Decorative Art 301
Friederike Sinn

17 Luxury Arts 321
Kenneth Lapatin

18 Roman Architecture as Art? 344
Edmund Thomas

Part V Contexts 365

Section 1 Roman Art and "Private Space" 367

19 Art in Roman Town Houses 369
Simon Ellis

20 Art in the Roman Villa 388
Richard Neudecker

21 The Decoration of Private Space in the Later Roman Empire 406
Susanne Muth

Section 2 Roman Art and Death 429

22 The Decoration of Roman Tombs 431
Francisca Feraudi ]Gruenais

23 Catacombs and the Beginnings of Christian Tomb Decoration 452
Norbert Zimmermann

Section 3 R oman Art and the Empire 471

24 The Greek East under Rome 473
Roland R.R. Smith

25 The Western Roman Provinces 496
Roger J.A. Wilson

Part VI Themes 531

26 Contextualizing Roman Art and Nature 533
Maureen Carroll

27 Roman Art and Spectacle 552
Zahra Newby

28 Roman Art and Myth 569
Francesco de Angelis

Part VII R eception of Roman Art in the Modern World 585

29 The Myth of Pompeii: Fragments, Frescos, and the Visual Imagination 587
Rosemary J. Barrow

30 Roman Architecture through the Ages 602
Stefan Altekamp

Index 620

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Author Information

Barbara E. Borg is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on Greek and Roman art and archaeology, including Der Logos des Mythos. Allegorien und Personifikationen in der frühen griechischen Kunst (2002), Paideia: The World of the Second Sophistic (2004), Die antiken Skulupturen in Castle Howard (with H. von Hesberg, A. Linfert, 2005), and A Matter of Life and Death: Towards a Social History of Roman Tombs (forthcoming).
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Reviews

"The editor...has brought together established and well-known scholars including experts in their fields....an important and substantial contribution. It presents a critical view of the state of the field, anda reveals the variety and intricacy both of Roman art and of modern scholarly approaches to the subject." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 

"This companion is a must for any serious scholar of Roman art, as it offers concise, deeply informative introductions to topics essential to contemporary scholarship. " - Choice Connect
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