Commentaries on Roman Art


Selected Studies

24 x 17 cm
440 pp 232 illus.
Publication: 1994
ISBN 0 907132 74 X
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 74 5

Book Description

Professor Brilliant’s work on Roman art over the last twenty-five years has changed many of the ways in which we look at the subject. The papers reprinted here document the development of the author’s views on the art of the Roman world and its links with earlier phases of Greek art.

There are three main divisions in the material here. The initial section deals with portraits, including five essays and a number of book reviews. Then follows a section on Rome and Greece, with five essays dealing with the methods by which Roman artists adapted earlier models. A final section deals with symbolic structures and characteristics of Roman art. This includes thirteen essays dealing with various aspects of the art of classical antiquity, including Jewish symbolism and the use of Greek myths in Roman art. Here again a number of the author’s reviews of books on the subject are included. The volume makes available for the first time the major part of Professor Brilliant’s work on Roman art, including a number of papers published here for the first time.


  • Preface
  • On Portraits
  • An Early Imperial Portait of Caligula
  • One Head, Three Problems
  • Una statua ritratta del territorio di Tarquinia
  • Hairiness: A Matter of Style and Substance in Roman Portraits
  • Augustus and Hadrian: Classical and Classicizing Modes
  • Marmi classici, storie tragiche
  • Mythology
  • Intellectual Giants: A Classical Topos and The School of Athens
  • Ancient Roman Monuments as Models and as Topoi
  • Simboli ed attributi nell’arte greca-romana
  • ‘Jewish Symbols’, Is that still Good enough?
  • Preface and Introduction to Roman Art from the Republic to Constantine
  • Storia dell’arte e sociologia
  • Temporal Aspects in Late Roman Art
  • The Art of Classical Italy
  • Prolegomena to a Very Long Book on the City of Rome
  • Africa in the Arts of Greece and Rome
  • I Piedistalli del Giardino di Boboli: ‘spolia in se’, ‘spolia in re’
  • Resistance and Receptivity to Greco-Roman Art
  • Scenic Representation
  • ‘I Come to You as Your Lord’: Late Roman Imperial Art
  • Patterns of Appropriation: Greek Myths in Roman Sarcophagi
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