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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 15mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 January 1999
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521644631
- ISBN 13: 9780521644631
- Illustrations note: 100 colour illus.
- Sales rank: 1,026,715
D'Ambra discusses patronage on different social levels, from that of the emperor and his court to those of shopkeepers and of artisans, in diverse regions of the empire and in distinct ethnic groups. She compares the imagery of the state and of military victory with the humblest funerary reliefs. Many provincial artworks were based on imperial models, but others were created in resistance to prevailing imperial standards. D'Ambra draws on a range of sculptures, wall paintings, decorative arts, coins and architecture, from Italy to the edges of the empire, evoking the traditionalism and the adaptability of Roman art. She also looks ahead to the art and architecture of the fourth century AD, which despite the emergence of Christianity as the dominant religion continued to be influenced by Roman styles and themes.
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"D'Ambra goes beyond basic stylistic analyses to use Roman art in the study of Roman identity...Recommended for both academic and larger public library art collections." Library Journal "Ambra offers readers an insightful look at the artistic side of a culture better known for its political and militaristic styles." Jason Zappe, Copley News Service
Table of contents
Introduction; Part I. Empire and its Myths: 1. Foundations; 2. Reactions to dominant cultures; 3. From republic to empire; Part II. The Social Order: 4. Identity and status; 5. Elites; 6. Urban working classes; 7. Women and the family; 8. Outsiders and insiders; Part III. The City and Urban Space: 9. The city as civilization; 10. Civic spectacle; 11. Ruler and subjects; Part IV. Portraiture and Commemoration: 12. High and low; 13. Modesty and adornment; 14. Heroic modes; 15. Preserving memory; Part V. Houses and Painted Interiors: 16. Duty and domesticity; 17. Gardens; 18. Painted perspectives; Part IV. The Limits of Empire: 19. Town and country; 20. Power and privilege; 21. Gods and cults.