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date: 16 September 2019

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Sculptures adorned the domestic spaces in which Roman elites as well as non-elites performed a variety of social and religious rituals. This chapter presents an overview of sculptural types and media and the kinds of contexts in which they are typically found, a brief historiography of the study of domestic displays of sculpture, a discussion of the nature of the evidence and the problems it presents for reconstructing sculptural arrangements, and it notes the different traditions and principles of display that coalesced in the Roman domestic environment. Examples of sculptural displays highlight approaches to interpreting the sculptures in relation to their larger visual and social setting. It concludes with commentary on future directions in the study of Roman domestic display and notes the potential benefits of current visualization technologies for studying sculptural displays within their domestic contexts.

Keywords: display principles, social contexts, Roman elites, sculptural types, reconstruction, visualization technologies

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