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    The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary, 200 BC-AD 300 (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representation) (Hardback) By (author) Christopher H. Hallett

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    DescriptionStatues of important Romans frequently represented them nude. Men were portrayed naked holding weapons - the naked emperor might wield the thunderbolt of Jupiter - while Roman women assumed the guise of the nude love-goddess, Venus. When faced with these strange images, modern viewers are usually unsympathetic, finding them incongruous, even tasteless. They are mostly written off as just another example of Roman 'bad taste'. This book offers a new approach. Comprehensively illustrated with black and white photographs of nude Romans represented in a wide range of artistic media, it investigates how this tradition arose, and how the nudity of these images was meant to be understood by contemporary viewers. And, since the Romans also employed a variety of other costumes for their statues (toga, armour, Greek philosopher's cloak), it asks, 'What could nudity express that other costumes could not?' It is Hallett's claim that - looked at in this way - these 'Roman nudes' turn out to be documents of the first importance for the cultural historian.

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    The Roman Nude
    Heroic Portrait Statuary, 200 BC-AD 300
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher H. Hallett
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 249 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,157 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199240494
    ISBN 10: 0199240493

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    DC22: 733.5, 733/.5
    LC classification: NB1296.3 .H35 2005
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    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    08 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Christopher H. Hallett is Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics at the University of California at Berkeley.
    Review quote
    Both the collection of evidence and much of the iconographic analysis represent an important contribution which will be of lasting value. Margaret H. Williams, Journal of Roman Studies [A] thorough and well-researched study Elizabeth Bartman, Classical World [a] solid work(s) of scholarship...remind(s) us of the hard and physical aspect of ancient culture, too often centred on warlike competitiveness. Antiquity 80 The Roman Nude admirably and energetically contextualizes its enigmatic subject. Emma Dench, Art History
    Table of contents
    1. The Greek background ; 2. The nude portrait in Greek art ; 3. Attitudes towards nudity at Rome ; 4. The Roman adoption of the nude portrait ; 5. The nude portrait under the Empire ; 6. The nudity of the gods ; 7. Understanding the Roman nude