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date: 18 January 2021

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This book brings together scholars of various generations, nationalities, and backgrounds and their perspectives on Greek and Roman art and architecture. Thirty chapters are organized into five sections, exploring Greek and Roman ideas about art and architecture, as expressed in texts and images. It discusses the social, political, and cultural functions of Greek and Roman images and buildings; what the Greeks and Romans learned from other cultures, especially Egypt and the Near East, regarding production of images and buildings; and the notion of “ancient art theory.” The book introduces the theory of mimesis, the ideas of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, and how images are related to built environments and rituals. It considers the different approaches used in the study of Greek and Roman art and architecture, from connoisseurship and formal analysis to iconography and iconology, social history, gender studies, anthropology, reception theory, and semiotics and agency.

Keywords: art, architecture, buildings, Greek, iconography, iconology, images, rituals, Roman, theory of mimesis

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