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Art & Archaeology of the Roman World

Mark D. Fullerton


A new history of Roman art and archaeology, from its very beginnings in Etruscan art to the adoption of Christianity

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Mark D. Fullerton blends the art of the Roman period with its history of political intrigue, military and religious ideologies, and intercultural interaction. The book not only explores the art of Rome itself but also that of the Roman provinces, including Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Greece and the British Isles, showing how Roman art drew from and influenced the wider ancient world.

Each of the book’s four parts opens with a timeline and historical overview, allowing the reader to better understand how the art relates to the political and social lives of the people of ancient Rome. Individual chapters begin with a map of Rome, illustrating how the city changed over centuries of rebuilding and reimagining.

With an introduction, ‘What Is Roman about Roman Art?’, and ‘Materials and Techniques’ features on the artistic innovations introduced by the Romans, such as concrete, linear and atmospheric perspective, and mosaic, the book explores how Roman influences still affect the art and architectural world today.

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'An excellent and accessible exploration of key aspects of Roman art, archaeology and architecture'
Christopher Siwicki, University of Exeter

'The book’s focus on materials and techniques and on context helps students understand the vibrancy of the field and the importance of archaeology not only in shaping but also revising our understanding of Roman art and culture'
Alexandra Carpino, Northern Arizona University

'Not only an overview of Roman art, but also questions its very origins and pinpoints the many trends that are expressed through it'
Daniel Roger, National Archaeology Museum, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.6 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 408 pp

Publication date: 23 January 2020

ISBN: 9780500051931

Contents List

Introduction: What is Roman about Roman Art? PART I: ROME AND ITALY BEFORE THE EMPIRE (c. 800–27 BCE) 1. Etruscan and Early Roman Art
2. Republican Rome and the Hellenistic World: Triumph, Commemoration, and Public Art
3. Republican Rome and the Hellenistic World: Art of the Roman Household
4. From Republic to Empire: Art in the Age of Civil War
Part II: THE FORMATION OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (27 BCE–96 CE) 5. Augustus, the Principate, and Art
6. Imperial Portraiture and Commemoration in the Early Empire
7. Palaces and Public Works in the Early Empire
8. Provincial and Private Art in the Early Empire
Part III: THE HIGH EMPIRE (96–192 CE) 9. Art in the Reign of Trajan
10. The Art of Hadrian and the Antonines
11. Provincial Art in the High Empire
Part IV: COLLAPSE AND RECOVERY: ART ACROSS THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE (193–337 CE) 12. Art in the Age of the Severans
13. The Art of the Soldier Emperors and the Tetrarchy
14. Constantine and the Legacies of Roman Art
Further Reading
Sources of Quotations
Sources of Illustrations

About the Author

Mark D. Fullerton is Professor of History of Art and Classics at The Ohio State University. He has held positions in the Archaeological Institute of America and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and has served as a staff member of several archaeological excavations in both Italy and Greece. He is the author of Greek Sculpture, Greek Art and The Archaistic Style in Roman Statuary, and co-editor of Ancient Art and Its Historiography.