Plinys Catalogue of Culture: Art and Empire in the Natural History

Paperback | September 11, 2006

bySorcha Carey

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One of the earliest surviving examples of 'art history', Pliny the Elder's 'chapters on art' form part of his encyclopaedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. This important new work argues that the Natural History offers asophisticated account of the world as empire, in which art as much as geography can be used to expound a Roman imperial agenda. Reuniting the 'chapters on art' with the rest of the Natural History, Sorcha Carey considers how the medium of the 'encyclopaedia' affects Pliny's presentation of art, andreveals how art is used to explore themes important to the work as a whole. Throughout, the author demonstrates that Pliny's 'chapters on art' are a profoundly Roman creation, offering an important insight into responses to art and culture under the early Roman empire.

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One of the earliest surviving examples of 'art history', Pliny the Elder's 'chapters on art' form part of his encyclopaedic Natural History, completed shortly before its author died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. This important new work argues that the Natural History offers asophisticated account of the world as empire, in ...

International Projects Co-ordinator at Liverpool Biennial, Sorcha Carey curates temporary artists' projects for the public realm. She previously held post-doctoral fellowships in the history of Classical Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the University of Cambridge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.39 inPublished:September 11, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199207658

ISBN - 13:9780199207657

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Table of Contents

1. In Search of the Invisible Man2. The Strategies of Encyclopaedism3. Representing Empire: Monuments and the Creation of Roman Space4. The Problem of Totality: Collecting Greek Art, Wonders, and Luxury5. The Artifice of Nature6. Imaging Memory7. Conclusion

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`handsomely illustrated ... Carey's style is straightforward, readable and agreeably jargon-free and the full, traditionally placed footnotes make it easy to pursue particular topics ... should certainly find a place in university libraries, probably in both the Classics and History of Artsections. General readers, who have perhaps had simplistic ideas of the scope of the Natural History, will find themselves reconsidering and re-reading.'Journal of Classics Teaching