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Elsner, Jaś

Works: 101 works in 341 publications in 3 languages and 10,956 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Interviewee, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: N5760, 709.37
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Most widely held works by Jaś Elsner
Imperial Rome and Christian triumph : the art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450 by Jaś Elsner( Book )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers an exciting new approach to the twin themes of the arts of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christian art. Beginning in the second century, with its rich revival of ancient learning and artistic practices, and ending in the fifth with Christian narrative and liturgical cycles and the pilgrimage arts, this book explores the art of the Roman Empire by tackling two inter-related periods of internal transformation: the 'Second Sophist' (c. ad 100-300), and the era of late antiquity (c. ad 250-450). For the first time, these two themes are treated together, throwing a more penetrating light on the radical change undergone by the empire in becoming a Christian imperium. Vases, murals, statues, and masonry are explored in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. By examining questions of reception, viewing, and the culture of spectacle alongside the more traditional art-historical themes of imperial patronage and stylistic change, Elsner presents a fresh and challenging account of a rich cultural crucible in which many developments of later European art had their origins
Pilgrimage : past and present in the world religions by Simon Coleman( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Great Panathenaea of ancient Greece to the hajj of today, people of all religions and cultures have made sacred journeys to confirm their faith and their part in a larger identity. This book is a fascinating guide through the vast and varied cultural territory such pilgrimages have covered across the ages. The first book to look at the phenomenon and experience of pilgrimage through the multiple lenses of history, religion, sociology, anthropology, and art history, this sumptuously illustrated volume explores the full richness and range of sacred travel as it maps the cultural imagination
Art and the Roman viewer : the transformation of art from the Pagan world to Christianity by Jaś Elsner( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections of Nero : culture, history, & representation by Jaś Elsner( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cultures of collecting by Jaś Elsner( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met lit. opg. Examination of the psychology, history (from the sixteenth century onwards) and theory of the collecting impulse. The authors scrutinize theories of collecting as well as considering individual collectors, and examine imperialist encounters with remote cultures and the more recent collecting of popular culture
Roman eyes : visuality & subjectivity in art & text by Jaś Elsner( Book )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Roman Eyes, Jas Elsner seeks to understand the multiple ways that art in ancient Rome formulated the very conditions for its own viewing, and as a result was complicit in the construction of subjectivity in the Roman Empire. Elsner draws upon a wide variety of visual material, from sculpture and wall paintings to coins and terra-cotta statuettes. He examines the different contexts in which images were used, from the religious to the voyeuristic, from the domestic to the subversive. He reads images alongside and against the rich literary tradition of the Greco-Roman world, including travel writing, prose fiction, satire, poetry, mythology, and pilgrimage accounts. The astonishing picture that emerges reveals the mindsets Romans had when they viewed art--their preoccupations and theories, their cultural biases and loosely held beliefs. Roman Eyes is not a history of official public art--the monumental sculptures, arches, and buildings we typically associate with ancient Rome, and that tend to dominate the field. Rather, Elsner looks at smaller objects used or displayed in private settings and closed religious rituals, including tapestries, ivories, altars, jewelry, and even silverware. In many cases, he focuses on works of art that no longer exist, providing a rare window into the aesthetic and religious lives of the ancient Romans
Pausanias : travel and memory in Roman Greece by John F Cherry( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pausanias, the Greek historian and traveler, lived and wrote around the second century AD, during the period when Greece had fallen peacefully to the Roman Empire. While fragments from this period abound, Pausanias' Periegesis (description) of Greece is the only fully preserved text of travel writing to have survived. This collection uses Pausanias as a multifaceted lens yielding indispensable information about the cultural world of Roman Greece
Art and text in Roman culture( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and Italian and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman & early Christian antiquity : seeing the gods( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From healing to oracles, from collective civic delegations to individual pilgrims seeking salvation, from localized sacred topographies to empire-wide travel, this title shows the importance of pilgrimage in pagan antiquity and its ancestry to later Christian practice
Voyages and visions : towards a cultural history of travel by Jaś Elsner( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A much-needed response to the expanding interest in the history of travel and travel writing, Voyages and Visions is the first attempt to sketch a cultural history of travel from the sixteenth century to the present day. The essays address the theme of travel as an historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history. The contributors to the volume include historians of art and of science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. The subjects of their essays include European explorations of South America, India, Mexico and the South Seas; mountaineering in the Himalayas; science fiction; American post-war travel fiction; and space travel. Voyages and Visions is truly interdisciplinary; it is also essential reading for anyone interested in travel and travel literature."--Jacket
Severan culture( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Severan dynasty is a lineage of Roman Emperors, reigning several decades from the late 2nd century to the early 3rd century. The text is concerned with the culture of the Greek and Roman world during that period
Songs of spiritual experience : Tibetan Buddhist poems of insight and awakening by Thupten Jinpa( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual anthology available in the West. Songs of Spiritual Experience offers newly translated works from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning from the eleventh to the twentieth century. Compiled and translated by Thupten Jinpa, one of the Dalai Lama's principal translators, and Jas Elsner, Songs of Spiritual Experience serves both as an introduction to Tibetan poetry and to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy." "Songs of Spiritual Experience offers original translations of fifty-two poems, a thorough introduction exploring the role of poetry in the Tibetan Buddhism, and a helpful glossary that includes notes on the poems. This remarkable collection of Tibetan religious verse will be of interest to students of any spiritual tradition
Philostratus( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life, death and representation : some new work on Roman sarcophagi by Jaś Elsner( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The volume presents essays on different aspects of Roman sarcophagi. These varied approaches produce fresh€insights into a subject which has received increased interest in€ English-language scholarship, with a new awareness of the important contribution that sarcophagi can make to the study of the social use and production of Roman art. Metropolitan sarcophagi are the main focus of the volume, which will cover a wide time range from the first century AD to post classical periods (including early Christian sarcophagi and post-classical reception). Other papers will look at aspect
Images and texts on the "Artemidorus Papyrus" : working papers on P. Artemid. (St John's College Oxford, 2008)( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and rhetoric in Roman culture by Jaś Elsner( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rhetoric was fundamental to education and to cultural aspiration in the Greek and Roman worlds. It was one of the key aspects of antiquity that slipped under the line between the ancient world and Christianity erected by the early Church in late antiquity. Ancient rhetorical theory is obsessed with examples and discussions drawn from visual material. This book mines this rich seam of theoretical analysis from within Roman culture to present an internalist model for some aspects of how the Romans understood, made and appreciated their art. The understanding of public monuments like the Arch of Titus or Trajan's Column or of imperial statuary, domestic wall painting, funerary altars and sarcophagi, as well as of intimate items like children's dolls, is greatly enriched by being placed in relevant rhetorical contexts created by the Roman world"--
Saints : faith without borders( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While the modern world has largely dismissed the figure of the saint as a throwback, we remain fascinated by excess, marginality, transgression, and porous subjectivity & mdash;categories that define the saint. In this collection, Françoise Meltzer and Jas Elsner bring together top scholars from across the humanities to reconsider our denial of saintliness and examine how modernity returns to the lure of saintly grace, energy, and charisma. Addressing such problems as how saints are made, the use of saints by political and secular orders, and how holiness is personified, Saints takes us on
Pilgrim voices : narrative and authorship in Christian pilgrimage by Simon Coleman( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research on pilgrimage has traditionally fallen across a series of academic disciplines, ranging from anthropology and geography to history and theology. To date, relatively little work has been devoted to the issue of pilgrimage as writing and specifically as a form of travel-writing
The language of images in Roman art by Tonio Hölscher( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work develops a new theoretical concept for the understanding of the Roman art of images. It establishes a connection between artistic forms and content and expressions of ideology, such as the glorification of state and ruler, war and triumph
The Roman Empire : economy, society, and culture by Peter Garnsey( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the first, stable period of the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands of central government stimulate economic growth, or endanger survival? What forces of cohesion operated to balance the social and economic inequalities and high mortality rates? Why did Roman governments freeze the official religion while allowing the diffusion of alien, especially oriental, cults? Are we to see in their attitude to Christianity a policy of toleration - or simply confusion and a failure of nerve? These are some of the many questions posed in this book, which offers the first overall account of the society, economy and culture of the Roman empire. Addressed to non-specialist readers no less than to scholars, it breaks with the traditional historian's preoccupation with narrative and politics. As an integrated study of the life and outlook of the ordinary inhabitants of the Roman world, it deepens our understanding of the underlying factors in this important formative period of world history."--Book cover
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Imperial Rome and Christian triumph : the art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450
Alternative Names
Elsner, J.

Elsner, J. 1962-

Elsner, J. (Jaś)

Elsner, Jás

Elsner Jás 1962-....

Elsner, Jas Dr

Elsner, John

Elsner, John 1962-

Jas Elsner britischer Kunsthistoriker

Jas Elsner Brits kunsthistoricus

Pilgrimage : past and present in the world religionsArt and the Roman viewer : the transformation of art from the Pagan world to ChristianityReflections of Nero : culture, history, & representationThe cultures of collectingRoman eyes : visuality & subjectivity in art & textPausanias : travel and memory in Roman GreeceArt and text in Roman culturePilgrimage in Graeco-Roman & early Christian antiquity : seeing the gods