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    DescriptionInspired by a classical education, wealthy Romans populated the glittering interiors of their villas and homes with marble statuettes of ancestors, emperors, gods, and mythological figures. In "The Learned Collector," Lea M. Stirling shows how the literary education received by all aristocrats, pagan and Christian alike, was fundamental in shaping their artistic taste while demonstrating how that taste was considered an important marker of status. Surveying collections across the empire, Stirling examines different ways that sculptural collections expressed not only the wealth but the identity of their aristocratic owners. The majority of statues in late antique homes were heirlooms and antiques. Mythological statuary, which would be interpreted in varying degrees of complexity, favored themes reflecting aristocratic pastimes such as dining and hunting. "The Learned Collector" investigates the manufacture of these distinctive statuettes in the later fourth century, the reasons for their popularity, and their modes of display in Gaul and the empire. Although the destruction of ancient artwork looms large in the common view of late antiquity, statuary of mythological figures continued to be displayed and manufactured into the early fifth century. Stirling surveys the sculptural decor of late antique villas across the empire to reveal the universal and regional trends in the late antique confluence of literary education, mythological references, aristocratic mores, and classicizing taste. Deftly combining art historical, archaeological, and literary evidence, this book will be important to classicists and art historians alike. Stirling's accessible writing style makes this an important work for scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in Roman statues of this era.Lea M. Stirling is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Manitoba and holds a Canada Research Council Chair in Roman Archaeology. She co-directs excavations at the ancient city of Leptiminus, Tunisia.


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    Title
    The Learned Collector
    Subtitle
    Mythological Statuettes and Classical Taste in Late-Antique Gaul
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lea M. Stirling
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780472114337
    ISBN 10: 0472114336
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BIC subject category V2: AFK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, ART015060
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC22: 730.9364
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC region code: 1.2.2.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: AFK
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    The University of Michigan Press
    Imprint name
    The University of Michigan Press
    Publication date
    31 January 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Ann Arbor, MI