Roman Eyes by Jas Elsner
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Roman Eyes
By Jas Elsner

Roman Eyes

Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text

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Roman Eyes by Jas Elsner

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In Roman Eyes, Jas Elsner seeks to understand the multiple ways that art in ancient Rome formulated the very conditions for its own viewing, and as a result was complicit in the construction of subjectivity in the Roman Empire. Elsner draws upon a wide variety of visual material, from sculpture and wall paintings to coins and terra-cotta statuettes. He examines the different contexts in which images were used, from the religious to the voyeuristic, from the domestic to the subversive. He reads images alongside and against the rich literary tradition of the Greco-Roman world, including travel writing, prose fiction, satire, poetry, mythology, and pilgrimage accounts. The astonishing picture that emerges reveals the mindsets Romans had when they viewed art--their preoccupations and theories, their cultural biases and loosely held beliefs. Roman Eyes is not a history of official public art--the monumental sculptures, arches, and buildings we typically associate with ancient Rome, and that tend to dominate the field. Rather, Elsner looks at smaller objects used or displayed in private settings and closed religious rituals, including tapestries, ivories, altars, jewelry, and even silverware. In many cases, he focuses on works of art that no longer exist, providing a rare window into the aesthetic and religious lives of the ancient Romans.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691096773
ISBN-10: 0691096775
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 4mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jas Elsner

Jas Elsner is Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. His books include "Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph" and "Art and the Roman Viewer".

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