Pliny's Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History - Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture Representation (Paperback)
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Pliny's Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History - Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture Representation (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 09/11/2006
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One of the earliest surviving examples of 'art history', Pliny the Elder's 'chapters on art' form part of his encyclopaedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. This important new work argues that the Natural History offers a sophisticated account of the world as empire, in which art as much as geography can be used to expound a Roman imperial agenda. Reuniting the 'chapters on art' with the rest of the Natural History, Sorcha Carey considers how the medium of the 'encyclopaedia' affects Pliny's presentation of art, and reveals how art is used to explore themes important to the work as a whole. Throughout, the author demonstrates that Pliny's 'chapters on art' are a profoundly Roman creation, offering an important insight into responses to art and culture under the early Roman empire.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199207657
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 478 g
Dimensions: 240 x 190 x 11 mm


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Review from previous edition the arguments are well presented and attractively illustrated. * Times Literary Supplement *
handsomely illustrated ... Carey's style is straightforward, readable and agreeably jargon-free and the full, traditionally placed footnotes make it easy to pursue particular topics ... should certainly find a place in university libraries, probably in both the Classics and History of Art sections. General readers, who have perhaps had simplistic ideas of the scope of the Natural History, will find themselves reconsidering and re-reading. * Journal of Classics Teaching *

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