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From Caligula to Constantine : tyranny & transformation in Roman portraiture
Varner, Eric R.
Publication Information:
Atlanta : Michael C. Carlos Museum, [2000]

Physical Description:
251 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia from Sept. 16, 2000 to Jan. 7, 2001, and at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut from Jan. 31 to March 25, 2001.
Tyranny and the transformation of the Roman visual landscape / Eric R. Varner -- "What worse than Nero, what better than his baths?" : "Damnatio memoriae" and Roman architecture / Penelope J. E. Davies -- Now you see them, now you don't : the presence and absence of women in Roman art / Diana E. E. Kleiner -- Damnatio memoriae and epigraphy / Harriet I. Flower -- The private sector : reworked portraits outside the imperial circle / Susan B. Matheson -- An altered portrait of the artist : some transformed images in Ovid's Metamorphoses and poetry of exile / Garth Tissol -- Catalogue of the exhibition.
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NB1296.3 .F76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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For centuries after their reigns, the "bad" emperors of Rome have captured the popular imagination, their legends inspiring novels, works of art, and films.From Caligula to Constantineexplores how these and other notorious figures of Roman history were portrayed during their lifetimes, and the reaction to their deaths.In a world without mass media, portraits in stone, bronze, and other materials broadcast the ruler's image throughout the empire, exalting him and representing him in the best possible light. When an emperor was overthrown, the portraits could themselves suffer a violent fate. When an emperor or empress was condemned, a portrait could be simply removed and discarded; it could be deliberately disfigured; or it could be removed and reworked to represent someone else.From Caligula to Constantinefocuses on the "bad" emperors and empresses of Rome, exploring their legends, their personalities, and their representation in sculptures, gems, and coins.