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Title: Colour and Meaning in Ancient Rome
Author: Bradley, Mark
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521110426
Volumes: 1; Pages: 282
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The study of colour has become familiar territory in recent anthropology, linguistics, art history and archaeology. Classicists, however, have traditionally subordinated the study of colour to form. By drawing together evidence from contemporary philosophers, elegists, epic writers, historians and satirists, Mark Bradley reinstates colour as an essential informative unit for the classification and evaluation of the Roman world. He also demonstrates that the questions of what colour was and how it functioned--as well as how it could be misused and misunderstood--were topics of intellectual debate in early imperial Rome. Suggesting strategies for interpreting Roman expressions of colour in Latin texts, Dr Bradley offers new approaches to understanding the relationship between perception and knowledge in Roman elite thought. In doing so, he highlights the fundamental role that colour performed in the realms of communication and information, and its intellectual contribution to contemporary discussions of society, politics and morality.ContentsIntroduction1. The rainbow2. Lucretius and the philosophy of color3. Pliny the Elder and the unnatural history of color4. Color and rhetoric5. The natural body6. The unnatural body7. PurpleConclusion: colours triumphantEnvoi: Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 2.26.