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Title: Pliny's Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History
Author: Carey, Sorcha
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199259137
Volumes: 1; Pages: 222
List Price in Cloth: $228.00 Our price: $228.00
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One of the earliest surviving examples of "art history," Pliny the Elder's "chapters on art" form part of his encyclopedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. This important new work reassesses Pliny's discussion of art, revealing how art is used to expound the Roman imperial agenda which dominates the work as a whole.