Civic Monuments and the Augustales in Roman Italy by Margaret L. Laird

By Margaret L. Laird

the combo of portrait statue, enormous help, and public lettering used to be thought of emblematic of Roman public house even in antiquity. This publication examines historic Roman statues and their bases, tombs, dedicatory altars, and panels commemorating presents of civic beneficence made through the Augustales, civic teams composed essentially of rich ex-slaves. Margaret L. Laird examines how those monuments functioned as protagonists of their equipped and social environments by means of targeting archaeologically attested commissions made by way of the Augustales in Roman Italian cities. Integrating methodologies from artwork heritage, architectural historical past, social heritage, and epigraphy with archaeological and sociological theories of group, she considers how dedications and their accompanying inscriptions created webs of organization and reworked locations of demonstrate into websites of neighborhood background. realizing how those items functioned in old towns, the publication argues, illuminates how traditional Romans mixed public lettering, honorific snap shots, emperor worship, and civic philanthropy to specific their communal identities.

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