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This book, first published in 2004, develops a theoretical concept for understanding the Roman art of images. It establishes a connection between artistic forms and content and expressions of ideology, arguing that Roman art appears to operate as a semantic system comparable to Roman literature and the language of images of other cultures.
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'... a deeply thoughtful and illuminating explanation of how the Roman adoption of Greek forms and styles worked in terms of visual communication.' Art History
'Tonio Hölscher's essay, The Language of Images in Roman Art ... [is] a lucid English translation ... [and] offers perhaps the most theoretically sophisticated answer to the old question of Rome's relationship to Greece. ... Hölscher's essay was a landmark in the historiography of Roman art ... Tonio Hölscher's interpretative framework has withstood the test of time. With the availability of his essay to a wider audience, this powerful tool can be applied to the full range of roman art's stylistic diversity.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... reaches to the heart of our understanding of Roman art, addressing its dependence upon and manipulation of Greek artistic forms. ... for a short work this book is full of insights, ideas, and provocations.' Journal of Roman Studies
Tonio Hlscher is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg. His publications focus on public monuments, political iconography and urbanism in Ancient Greece and Rome and on general art and cultural theory. His is a member of various scientific institutions, including the Academia Europae, London.
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