Synopses & Reviews
Fully revised and further enlarged, with more color illustrations and fresh topics, this is the fourth edition of an absorbing introduction to the painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts of the Roman world. Clear and comprehensive, it covers the 1,300 years from the Etruscan forerunners of the Romans to the introduction of Christianity under the Emperor Constantine the Great. The new edition introduces such subjects as rescue excavations, art for private patrons, and erotic art. New features include a timeline of the major periods, events, and artworks; more family trees of the imperial dynasties; and a table of Roman gods and goddesses and their Greek equivalents.
The text now includes more on daily life, mosaics, and building techniques, and discusses the art of each political period, while also looking at history, myth, literature, and social customs. The clearly written text, incorporating the most up-to-date scholarship, is complemented by numerous new color photographs as well as maps, plans, and diagrams, an expanded glossary and bibliography, and lists of ancient authors and Roman emperors.
About the Author
Nancy H. Ramage
is Charles A. Dana Professor in the Humanities and Arts at Ithaca College and in 2000 received the Excellence in Teaching award. She has been a trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America and a member of numerous advisory boards of classical organizations and journals, including the American Journal of Archaeology
and Etruscan Studies.
She sits on the council of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and has wide experience as a lecturer, writer, and museum consultant. She co-authored two books on material from the excavations at Sardis, and has written many articles on antiquity and its reception in the 18th century.
Andrew Ramage is Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology at Cornell University. He has been the Director of the Archaeology Program at Cornell, Department Chair, and is Associate Director of the Harvard/Comell Archaeological Exploration of Sardis. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. A Harvard University Ph.D., he has written Lydian Houses and Architectural Terracattas (1978); King Croesus's Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining with P. T. Craddock (2000); and A Guide to the Classical Collections of Cornell University with P. I. Kuniholm and N. H. Ramage (2003).
Table of Contents
1. The Etruscan Forerunners 1000- BC.
2. The Roman Republic 509-27 BC.
3. Augustus and the Imperial Idea 27 BC-AD 14.
4. The Julio-Claudians AD 14-68.
5. The Flavians: Savior to Despot AD 69-98.
6. Trajan, Optimus Princeps AD 98-117.
7. Hadrian and the Classical Revival AD 117-138.
8. The Antonines AD 138-193.
9. The Severans AD 193-235.
10. The Soldier Emperors AD 235-284.
11. The Tetrarchs AD 284-312.
12. Constantine AD 307-337 and the Aftermath.
Roman Gods and Goddesses and their Greek Equivalents.