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date: 22 October 2020

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The introduction surveys the technical, scientific, literary, and theoretical approaches to the study of Roman sculpture discussed in this volume. It highlights key monuments and debates in the field, especially issues of style—questioning it as a category of chronological analysis and noting the impact of Greek, Etruscan, and Egyptian styles on Roman statuary. It explores how Romans throughout the empire expressed their identity, social and financial standing, and religious and cultural concerns through statuary. It also points out areas for further exploration, including advances made via emergent technologies, provincial sculpture, and Roman sculpture as cultural heritage.

Keywords: Roman sculpture, theory, style, hybridity, dichotomies, cultural heritage

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