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Statues in Roman Society

Representation and Response

Statues in Roman Society by Peter Stewart
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Statues were everywhere in the Roman world. They served as objects of cult, honours to emperors and noblemen, and memorials to the dead. Combining close attention to individual Roman texts and images with an unprecedented broad perspective on this remarkable phenomenon, Statues in Roman Society explains the impact which all kinds of statuary had on the ancient population. - ;Statues are among the most familiar remnants of classical art. Yet their prominence in ancient society is often ignored. In the Roman world statues were ubiquitous. Whether they were displayed as public honours or memorials, collected as works of art, dedicated to deities, venerated as gods, or violated as symbols of a defeated political regime, they were recognized individually and collectively as objects of enormous significance.

By analysing ancient texts and images, Statues in Roman Society unravels the web of associations which surrounded Roman statues. Addressing all categories of statuary together for the first time, it illuminates them in ancient terms, explaining expectations of what statues were or ought to be and describing the Romans' uneasy relationship with 'the other population' in their midst. - ;...the book's greatest strength is the sheer wealth of information provided in one place, with sharp critical judgement driving its syntheses. - Jennifer Trimble, Journal of Roman Studies;a thoughtful-provoking book, one well worth reading and reading again ... The book is packed with valuable literary citations...and noteworthy observations, and will serve as a resource for further work on a major topic. - Diana E.E. Kleiner, The Classical Review;... it is hard not to be impressed with a study so convincing and sophisticated in its description of the complex world of role and response surrounding Roman statuary. Those involved in research will surely find it stimulating. - Tom Stevenson, Ancient History: Resources for Teachers;... thoughtful and wide-ranging book. - Times Literary Supplement 08/10/2004;Stewart runs through an enormous amount of material, some familiar, some more obscure, but all of it stimulating ... The ample footnotes and bibliography make this volume a marvellous way into the topic, clear and easy to use. - The Journal of Classics Teaching

Oxford University Press, UK; February 2004
350 pages; ISBN 9780191514241
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Title: Statues in Roman Society
Author: Peter Stewart
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