The Language of Images in Roman Art

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This book develops a new theoretical concept for the understanding of the Roman art of images. It establishes a connection between artistic forms and content and expressions of ideology, such as the glorification of state and ruler, war and triumph. A large role is played in this by the reception of earlier images from Greek art. Roman art therefore appears to operate as a semantic system which, from an interdisciplinary perspective, can be compared both with the forms of Roman literature and with the language of images of other cultures.

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a model for lifestyle a case
their reception in Rome
the tradition of Classical dignity
the elements and their use
premisses and structure
Language of imagery and style
Formal system and style in the theory of rhetoric
Further reading by Jaś Elsner

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Tonio Hölscher is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg. His publications focus on public monuments, political iconography and urbanism in Ancient Greece and Rome and on general art and cultural theory. His is a member of various scientific institutions, including the Academia Europae, London.

Anthony Snodgrass is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology in the University of Cambridge whose books include Homer and the Artists (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Jas' Elsner is Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Art and Archaeology in the University of Oxford. His books include Art and the Roman Viewer (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph (1998).

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