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Aesthetic, Sociological, and Exploitative Attitudes to Landscape in Greco-Roman Literature, Art, and Culture  

Diana Spencer

This article introduces and discusses ancient and contemporary approaches to landscape and proposes model readings for their evaluation. Model readings suggest strategies drawn from ... More

Aesthetics and Latin Literary Reception  

Michael Squire

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter analyzes some of the historical ways sculpture was conceptualized, critiqued, and evaluated in the Roman world. How did Roman viewers go about making sense of statues? What ... More

Ancient Analogs of Museums  

Josephine Shaya

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
While the Romans did not have museums, practices of collecting and display were fully developed in Rome. Romans used collections of objects to substantiate, reinforce, and broadcast ... More

Anthropological Approaches  

Gloria Ferrari

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines the use of anthropological approaches in the study of the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. It begins by considering the juxtaposition between ... More

Archaism and Eclecticism  

Lori-Ann Touchette

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
The retrospective styles of archaism and eclecticism, although often marginalized in scholarship, are central to an understanding of Roman sculpture, as they are part of a larger, ... More

Architectural Settings  

Brenda Longfellow

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
The earliest-known portraits and ideal statues in Republican Rome are associated with sacred locales and fora. By the imperial period, ideal statues and portraits of imperial family ... More

Architecture  

Edmund Thomas

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
Perhaps more than other aspect of Roman culture, the study of architecture is affected by two preconceptions, the first resulting from its durability, the second from later attitudes. ... More

Art and Representation  

Eugenio La Rocca

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
In recent years, the question of what constitutes art has often been asked. The question arose quite naturally from the dismissal of the traditional concept of art as imitation of the real ... More

Art in Roman Britain  

Ben Croxford

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2015
The art of Roman Britain has often been sidelined or even denigrated, largely as a result of modern sensibilities concerning quality. Focusing on the moment of creation alone overlooks the ... More

Asia Minor  

Diana Y. Ng

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
Roman Asia Minor, due to its own Hellenized history, long involvement with the imperial capital, and widespread wealth, is an important region for various types of sculpture, including ... More

Bathhouses As Places of Social and Cultural Interaction  

Yaron Z. Eliav

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses Roman public bathhouses, which provided a wide range of services that included swimming pools, saunas, and meeting rooms. It looks at the technology and cultural ... More

Bronzes  

Carol C. Mattusch

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
Bronze statues are infrequent survivors of Roman antiquity, and the discovery of an ancient bronze is always treated as an extraordinary find. And yet Pliny the Elder, whose book on bronze ... More

Buildings, Images, and Rituals in the Greek World  

Joannis Mylonopoulos

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines the religious contexts of ancient Greece, with particular emphasis on the articulation and original functions of altars and temples. It begins with a discussion of ... More

Buildings, Images, and Rituals in the Roman World  

Richard Neudecker

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines the religious contexts of ancient Rome, with particular emphasis on the interrelationships among buildings, images, and rituals from the Republican to the Late ... More

Children and Childhood in Roman Commemorative Art  

Lena Larsson Lovén

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses visualizations of children and childhood in the commemorative arts of Roman Italy over more than three centuries (first century BC to late second century CE). During ... More

Children in Archaic and Classical Greek Art: A Survey  

John H. Oakley

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay provides the first concise overview of the depiction of children in Greek archaic and classical art. The survey commences with a brief consideration of earlier Bronze Age, Iron ... More

The City in the Greek and Roman World  

Jamieson C. Donati

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter focuses on the city and the concept of the urban environment in the context of art and architecture in ancient Greece and Rome. Using a holistic approach, it highlights the ... More

Collecting in Early America  

Hima Mallampati Gleason

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter analyzes the history of institutional collecting of classical sculpture in the United States, with a focus on the collecting behavior of universities, art academies, ... More

Collecting in Premodern Europe  

Elizabeth Bartman

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
Ancient statues have been prized by collectors through most of history. This chapter looks at the major assemblages of Roman sculpture formed in the premodern period, from the fifteenth to ... More

Connoisseurship  

Adolf H. Borbein

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines the connoisseurship of Greek and Roman art and architecture, from the Roman Imperial period to Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Early Modern times, and the ... More

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