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Children in the Visual Arts of Imperial Rome


  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403376

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  • Modern approaches to Roman imperialism have often characterized Romanzation as a benign or neutral process of cultural exchange between Roman and non-Roman, conqueror and conquered. Although supported by certain types of literary and archaeological evidence, this characterization is not reflected in the visual imagery of the Roman ruling elite. In official imperial art, Roman children are most often shown in depictions of peaceful public gatherings before the emperor, whereas non-Roman children appear only in scenes of submission, triumph, or violent military activity. Images of children, those images most fraught with potential in Roman art, underscore the contrast between Roman and non-Roman and as a group present a narrative of Roman identity. As Jeannine Diddle Uzzi argues in this 2005 study, the stark contrast between images of Roman and non-Roman children conveys the ruling elite's notions of what it meant to be Roman.

    • Uses images of children to explore political ideology of Roman conquerers toward the conquered subjects
    • Approach is a synthesis from both classics and art history
    • Interested in the most basic question of Roman history, politics, and social history: what does it mean to be Roman?
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403376
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the question
    2. Evidence, methodology, and the child image
    3. Imperial largesse
    4. Public gathering
    5. Anaglypha Traiani/Hadriani
    6. Submission
    7. Triumph
    8. Battle ground
    9. Ara Pacis
    10. Conclusion: a narrative of identity
    Appendix. Children in nonofficial imagery.

  • Author

    Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, University of Southern Maine

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