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The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 Bc - Ad 300
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ISBN 9780199240494
REGISTERED: 02/15/18
UPDATED: 11/24/20
The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 Bc - Ad 300

Statues of important Romans frequently represented them nude


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  • The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 Bc - Ad 300 available on May 16 2016 from Indigo for 320.5
  • ISBN bar code 9780199240494 ξ1 registered March 26 2016
  • Product category is Christopher H Hallett Ancient Philosophy Religion and Spirituality The Roman Nude Book

  • # 978019924049

Men were portrayed naked holding weapons - the naked emperor might wield the thunderbolt of Jupiter - while Roman women assumed the guise of the nude love-goddess, Venus. When faced with these strange images, modern viewers are usually unsympathetic, finding them incongruous, even tasteless. They are mostly written off as just another example of Roman `bad taste''. This book offers a new approach. Comprehensively illustrated with black and white photographs of nude Romans represented in a wide range of artistic media, it investigates how this tradition arose, and how the nudity of these images was meant to be understood by contemporary viewers. And, since the Romans also employed a variety of other costumes for their statues (toga, armour, Greek philosopher''s cloak), it asks, `What could nudity express that other costumes could not?'' It is Hallett''s claim that - looked at in this way - these `Roman nudes'' turn out to be documents of the first importance for the cultural historian.


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    ^ (2012). The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 Bc - Ad 300 Indigo. (revised May 2016)

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