Life, Death and Representation: Some New Work on Roman Sarcophagi

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Jaś Elsner, Janet Huskinson
Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - History - 446 pages

This volumepresents acollection of essays on different aspects of Roman sarcophagi. These varied approaches will produce fresh insights into a subject which is receiving increased interest in English-language scholarship, with a new awareness of the important contribution that sarcophagi can make to the study of the social use and production of Roman art. The book will therefore be a timely addition to existing literature. Metropolitan sarcophagi are the main focus of the volume, which will cover a wide time range from the first century AD to post classical periods (including early Christian sarcophagi and post-classical reception). Other papers will look at aspects of viewing and representation, iconography, and marble analysis. There will be an Introduction written by the co-editors.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Before Sarcophagi
21
Writing life histories of Roman Sarcophagi
55
the Medieval Return of Orestes
83
a Reconsideration
119
5 Multimethod Analyses of Roman Sarcophagi at the Museo Nazionale Romano Rome
149
Portrait Heads on Roman Mythological Sarcophagi
189
7 Man or Woman? Crossgendering and Individuality on Third Century Roman Sarcophagi
229
Notes on an Attic Hippolytos Sarcophagus in Agrigento
261
9 Image in Distress? The death of Meleager on Roman sarcophagi
309
Agency Identity and the Bethesda Sarcophagus of Bassa
337
Reflections on Jesus Trial
359
12 Houses of the dead? Columnar sarcophagi as microarchitecture
387
Backmatter
437
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Jas Elsner, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK;Janet Huskinson, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

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