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THE AFTERLIFE OF GREEK AND ROMAN SCULPTURE: LATE ANTIQUE RESPONSES AND PRACTICES. Ed. by Troels Myrup Kristensen and Lea Stirling. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2016. 432 pp. with 99 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-12907 ISBN 9780472119691 In English.
Publisher's description: For centuries, statuary decor was a main characteristic of any city, sanctuary, or villa in the Roman world. However, from the third century CE onward, the prevalence of statues across the Roman Empire declined dramatically. By the end of the sixth century, statues were no longer a defining characteristic of the imperial landscape. Further, changing religious practices cast pagan sculpture in a threatening light. Statuary production ceased, and extant statuary was either harvested for use in construction or abandoned in place. The Afterlife of Greek and Roman Sculpture is the first volume to approach systematically the antique destruction and reuse of statuary, investigating key responses to statuary across most regions of the Roman world. The volume opens with a discussion of the complexity of the archaeological record and a preliminary chronology of the fate of statues across both the eastern and western imperial landscape. Contributors to the volume address questions of definition, identification, and interpretation for particular treatments of statuary, including metal statuary and the systematic reuse of villa materials.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Greece, Italy — Sculpture
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 171561
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