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D'Ambra discusses patronage on different social levels, from that of the emperor and his court to those of shopkeepers and of artisans, in diverse regions of the empire and in distinct ethnic groups. She compares the imagery of the state and of military victory with the humblest funerary reliefs. Many provincial artworks were based on imperial models, but others were created in resistance to prevailing imperial standards. D'Ambra draws on a range of sculptures, wall paintings, decorative arts, coins and architecture, from Italy to the edges of the empire, evoking the traditionalism and the adaptability of Roman art. She also looks ahead to the art and architecture of the fourth century AD, which despite the emergence of Christianity as the dominant religion continued to be influenced by Roman styles and themes.Read more
- First book to examine Roman art in terms of gender and class, both upper and lower
- Highly illustrated
- Text accessible and written for general audience
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- Date Published: November 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521644631
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 200 x 100 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 100 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2010
Table of Contents
Part I. Empire and its Myths:
2. Reactions to dominant cultures
3. From republic to empire
Part II. The Social Order:
4. Identity and status
6. Urban working classes
7. Women and the family
8. Outsiders and insiders
Part III. The City and Urban Space:
9. The city as civilization
10. Civic spectacle
11. Ruler and subjects
Part IV. Portraiture and Commemoration:
12. High and low
13. Modesty and adornment
14. Heroic modes
15. Preserving memory
Part V. Houses and Painted Interiors:
16. Duty and domesticity
18. Painted perspectives
Part IV. The Limits of Empire:
19. Town and country
20. Power and privilege
21. Gods and cults.
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