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Pliny's catalogue of culture : art and empire in the 'Natural history'

Author: Sorcha Carey
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Oxford studies in ancient culture and representation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This title argues that Pliny's encyclopaedic "Natural History" offers a sophisticated account of the world as empire, in which art can be used to expound a Roman imperial agenda. This text considers how the medium affects Pliny's presentation and uses of art in this context.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pliny, the Elder.; Pliny, the Elder.; Pliny, the Elder.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sorcha Carey
ISBN: 9780199207657 0199207658
OCLC Number: 671957665
Notes: Originally published: 2003; reprinted 2010.
Description: xiii, 208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. In Search of the Invisible Man ; 2. The Strategies of Encyclopaedism ; 3. Representing Empire: Monuments and the Creation of Roman Space ; 4. The Problem of Totality: Collecting Greek Art, Wonders, and Luxury ; 5. The Artifice of Nature ; 6. Imaging Memory ; 7. Conclusion
Series Title: Oxford studies in ancient culture and representation.
Responsibility: Sorcha Carey.


One of the earliest surviving examples of 'art history', Pliny the Elder's 'chapters on art' form part of his encyclopaedic Natural History. This important study reassesses Pliny's discussion of art,  Read more...


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Review from previous edition the arguments are well presented and attractively illustrated. * Times Literary Supplement * handsomely illustrated ... Carey's style is straightforward, readable and Read more...

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