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Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art


Sarah Scott, Catherine Johns, Jane Webster, Iain Ferris, René Rodgers, Miranda Aldhouse Green, Martin Henig, Greg Woolf, David Matingly, Shelley Hales, Zahra Newby, Martin Henig
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  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521805926

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  • Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art, first published in 2003, focuses on the art works created in the provinces of the Roman Empire. Heretofore marginalized, or at best understood in terms of emulations of the symbols, styles, and tastes of metropolitan Rome, provincial art is often portrayed as a poor copy of works created in the imperial capital. In this volume, the contributors address the diversity and complexity of the evidence and also offer fresh interpretations of mosaics, wall-paintings, statues and jewelry in an effort to determine what these art works can tell us about the nature of life under an imperial regime. The broad geographical and chronological coverage allows unique insights into the social and political significance of visual expression across the Roman Empire.

    • Places the study of Roman provincial art at the forefront of archaelogical and art historical enquiry
    • A representative overview of the directions in which the study of Roman provincial art is moving
    • This volume provides unique insights into the social and political significance of art across the Roman empire
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    'Teachers will find the volume a stimulating read … it would be a very useful tool in helping the discriminating Classical Civilisation student make the leap from the comfortable platform of a standard A-level handbook of art to the undergraduate tightrope where art history becomes a demanding intellectual activity.' JACT

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521805926
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Provincial art and Roman imperialism: an overview Sarah Scott
    Part I. Conceptualizing Provincial Art:
    2. Art, Romanization and competence Catherine Johns
    3. Art as resistance and negotiation Jane Webster
    Part II. Metropolitan Art and the Depiction of Rome's 'Others':
    4. 'The hanged men dance': Barbarians in Trajanic art Iain Ferris
    5. Female representation in Roman art: feminizing the provincial 'Other' René Rodgers
    Part III. Art in the Roman West:
    6. Poles apart?: Perceptions of gender in Gaulish and British cult-imagery Miranda Aldhouse Green
    7. 'The Captains and the Kings depart' Martin Henig
    8. Seeing Apollo in Roman Gaul and Germany Greg Woolf
    Part IV. Art in Roman North Africa:
    9. Family values? Art and power at Ghirza, Tripolitania David Matingly
    Part V. Art in the Roman East:
    10. The houses of Antioch: a study of the domestic sphere in the imperial Near East Shelley Hales
    11. Art and identity in Asia Minor Zahra Newby
    12. Art and aesthetics: a personal view Martin Henig.

  • Editors

    Sarah Scott, University of Leicester

    Jane Webster, University of Leicester


    Sarah Scott, Catherine Johns, Jane Webster, Iain Ferris, René Rodgers, Miranda Aldhouse Green, Martin Henig, Greg Woolf, David Matingly, Shelley Hales, Zahra Newby, Martin Henig

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