Book , Print in English

Death and the emperor : Roman imperial funerary monuments, from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius

Penelope J.E. Davies.
  • Austin : University of Texas Press, ©2004.
  • 1st University of Texas Press ed.
  • xiv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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    NB1875.D38 2004 c. 1
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Summary
  • "This book is the first comprehensive study of funerary monuments built for the Roman emperors as a genre. These monuments, which include the Mausoleum of Augustus, Trajan's Column, and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, are among the best known and most extensively excavated and documented structures of Roman antiquity. Because of their diversity of forms and decorative programs, however, they have been examined in isolation from one another and from a limited number of perspectives. In this study, Penelope J. E. Davies examines these commemorative arches, obelisks, and other types of architecture with a view to determining the political or ritual motivations behind their designs. She demonstrates that these monuments served a dual role, as memorials to the dead and as accession monuments that would guarantee dynastic continuity for the monarchy on the precarious occasion of the emperor's death." --Book Jacket.
Contents
  • 1 The Monuments 13
  • 2 An Image of Things Achieved 49
  • 3 An Imperial Cosmos: The Creation of Eternity 75
  • 4 Fire, Fertility, Fiction: The Role of the Empress 102
  • 5 The Dynamics of Form 120
  • 6 The Power of Place 136.
Other information
  • Originally published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
  • 0292702752
  • 9780292702752
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2003056529
  • OCLC: 52559207
  • OCLC: 52559207