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Art of the Roman Empire, 2nd ed (Jas Elsner) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198768630
Art of the Roman Empire, 2nd ed (Jas Elsner) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198768630
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Title: Art of the Roman Empire, 2nd ed

Author: Elsner, Jas

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198768630

Volumes: 1; Pages: 336

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The passage from Imperial Rome to the era of late antiquity, when the Roman Empire underwent a religious conversion to Christianity, saw some of the most significant and innovative developments in Western culture. This stimulating book investigates the role of the visual arts, the great diversity of paintings, statues, luxury arts, and masonry, as both reflections and agents of those changes.

Jas' Elsner's ground-breaking account discusses both Roman and early Christian art in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. By examining questions of reception, viewing, and the culture of spectacle alongside the more traditional art-historical themes of imperial patronage and stylistic change, he presents a fresh and challenging interpretation of an extraordinarily rich cultural crucible in which many fundamental developments of later European art had their origins.

This second edition includes a new discussion of the Eurasian context of Roman art, an updated bibliography, and new, full colour illustrations.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

Part I - Images and Power

2. A Visual Culture

3. Art and Imperial Power

Part II - Images and Society

4. Art and Social Life

5. Centre and Periphery

6. Art and Death

Part III - Images and Transformation

7. Art and the Past: Antiquarian Eclecticism

8. Art and Religion

9. The Eurasian Context

Epilogue

10. Art and Culture: Cost, Value, and the Discourse of Art

Afterword: Some Futures of Christian Art

Notes

List of Illustrations

Bibliographic Essay

Timeline

Essay

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