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Roman Landscape: Culture and Identity (Diana Spencer) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9781107400245
Roman Landscape: Culture and Identity (Diana Spencer) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9781107400245
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Title: Roman Landscape: Culture and Identity

Author: Spencer, Diana

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Paperback; ISBN: 9781107400245

Volumes: 1; Pages: 252

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This book tackles how and why 'landscape' (farms, gardens, countryside) set the scene in the first centuries BCE and CE for Romans keen to talk up and about (but also to scrutinize and understand) what it meant to be a citizen. It investigates what 'landscape' means now and reflects upon how contemporary approaches to 'landscape' can enrich our understanding of ancient experience of the interface between natural and artificial space. It encourages examination of 'landscape' from a range of angles, suggesting alternative ways of thinking about what landscape represents. These methodological approaches (presented initially via a set of key terms and definitions and then deployed thematically across four chapters), combined with a detailed interdisciplinary bibliography and a series of case studies of literary texts and material sites, enable readers to use this survey as a starting point for developing their own in-depth study.Table of Contents1. Introduction: surveying the scene2. Landscape and aesthetics3. Those happy fields: aborious landscapes and DIY self-help4. Landscape: time and motion5. Italy and the villa estate, or, of cabbages and kings5.1. Philosophical landscapes: Cicero, loca, and imagines5.2. Varro's exopolis: landscape and Italy5.3. Columella: landscape and the body of history5.4. Statius, landscape, and autarky: between authenticity and delight5.5. Ekphrasis: Pliny's artful landscapes6. Spaces and Places6.1. Landscape as background and foreground6.2. Landscape and scale: gardens6.3. Imagined landscapes: the Villa 'Farnesina'6.4. Total immersion: Livia's garden room (Villa ad Gallinas Albas, Prima Porta)6.5. Landscapes encircling the city: the Horti Sallustiani and Porticus of PompeyEnvoi getting (away from) it all at Hadrian's villaBibliographyWebography
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