The Art of Roman Britain

The Art of Roman Britain : New in Paperback

By (author) Martin Henig

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With the help of over 100 illustrations, many of them little known, Martin Henig shows that the art produced in Britannia--particularly in the golden age of Late Antiquity--rivals that of other provinces and deserves comparison with the art of metropolitan Rome. The originality and breadth of Henig's study is shown by its systematic coverage, embracing both the major arts--stone and bronze statuary, wall-painting and mosaics--and such applied arts as jewelery-making, silversmithing, furniture design, figure pottery, figurines and appliques. The author explains how the various workshops were organized, the part played by patronage and the changes that occurred in the fourth century.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 182 x 246 x 20mm | 721.22g
  • 01 Oct 1997
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • illustrations, 109 b&w photographs, 16 colour plates
  • 0415151368
  • 9780415151368
  • 1,654,351

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'This book is a splendidly original and wide-ranging work.' - Journal of the British Archaeological Association 'This is a magnificent book by a well-known authority ... Highly recommended as an indispensable work.' - Roman Research News

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With the help of over 100 illustrations, many of them little known, Dr Henig shows that the art produced in Britannia - particularly in the golden age of Late Antiquity - not only rivals that of other provinces but deserves comparison with the art of metropolitan Rome. After showing how a distinctive style emerged from the fusion of the Celtic and Roman traditions, he details the vital part played by art in the daily life of both the army and the civilian population. He also distinguishes carefully between the work of foreign artists in Britain, Romano-British and Romano-Gaulish provincial art (as well as other provincial styles) and the native British work of the period.

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