The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation, and Ritual

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 2, 2010 - Art - 365 pages
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The transition from republic to monarchy with the accession of Augustus heralded the transformation not just of the Roman political system but of the city of Rome itself. This volume, written by some of the foremost scholars from around the world, addresses three main topics: the impact of imperial building programs on the configuration of space within the city and on the evolution of Rome's urban image; the various ways in which the figure of the emperor himself was represented, both visually and symbolically, in the city's urban fabric; and the performance of rituals and ceremonies that expressed key imperial ideals and values and enabled communications between the emperor and important collectivities in the city. The contributors build on important recent developments in research: increased archaeological excavation and restoration, the proliferation of digital technologies, and the greater attention paid by scholars to the centuries after Augustus.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 By the emperor for the people
45
3 Emperor and senatorial aristocracy in competition for public space
89
4 Propaganda staged applause or local politics?
111
5 Pompeys Theater and Tiberius Temple of Concord
135
6 Antonine Rome
169
7 Liberator urbis suae
199
8 The portraits of Roman emperors and their families
221
9 Crossing the pomerium
247
10 How the emperor Nero lost acceptance in Rome
275
11 The imperial funerary pyre as a work of ephemeral architecture
289
12 Roman imperial funerals in effigie
309
Bibliography
325
Index
361
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Carlos F. Noreña is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a number of articles on aspects of Roman imperial history.

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