The Roman Amphitheatre: From its Origins to the Colosseum by Katherine E. WelchThe Roman Amphitheatre: From its Origins to the Colosseum by Katherine E. Welch

The Roman Amphitheatre: From its Origins to the Colosseum

byKatherine E. Welch

Paperback | February 2, 2009

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Analyzing the evolution of the Roman amphitheatre as an architectural form, Katherine Welch addresses the critical period in the history of this building type. She covers the origins and dissemination under the Republic (from the third to first centuries BC); monumentalization as an architectural form under Augustus; and canonization as a building type with the Colosseum (AD 80). The study then focuses on the reception of the amphitheatre in the Greek East, a part of the Empire strongly divided about the new realities of Roman rule.

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Title:The Roman Amphitheatre: From its Origins to the ColosseumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:378 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.91 inPublished:February 2, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521744350

ISBN - 13:9780521744355

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Introduction: the 'imperial' interpretation of arena games; 1. Arena games during the Republic; 2. Origins of amphitheatre architecture; 3. Stone amphitheatres during the republican period; 4. The amphitheatre between republic and empire: monumentalization of the amphitheatre building; 5. The colosseum: canonization of the amphitheatre building type; 6. The reception of the amphitheatre in the Greek world in the early imperial period; Conclusion; Appendix: amphitheatres of republican date.

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"The Colosseum, more than any other building from ancient Rome, is routinely the subject of both scholarly and popular texts. While it seems that important studies are published on this structure every year, rarely does any attain the status of definitive text. Katherine Welch's The Roman Amphitheatre: From Its Origins to the Colosseum is such a book. Welch's splendid volume is a culmination of her amphitheatre studies and provides a much-needed examination of the building type's origins in Republican Rome and its development up to and including the Colosseum." -Thomas J. Morton, The Art Bulletin