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Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  224 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Ideal for students who are studying Roman art for the first time, this exceptionally well-illustrated text explores Roman art in the traditional historical manner - with a focus on painting, sculpture, architecture, and minor arts. It assumes no prior acquaintance with the classical world, and explains the necessary linguistic, historical, religious, social, and political ...more
Paperback, 4th edition, 368 pages
Published July 9th 2004 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1991)
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This was my second installment in my background reading in Classical Art and Arcaheology. So, having covered Greek Art and Archaeology, unsurprisingly I decided to tackle one of the standard textbooks in Roman art. Ramage's book is an excellent introduction to the topic. She structures it by period, starting with the Etruscans, continuing through the rather scarce remains of Republican Rome and, then, goes by dynasty through the Imperial period. Each chapter gives an excellent overview of the ...more
May 20, 2013 Grigoria rated it really liked it
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This is a good book for the researchers of Art in Ancient Rome, well illustrated and with a holistic approach to art and architecture. As it happens with most books about history, though, new researches are being made and new facts surface that are not included, so I would suggest to the reader to double check when inquiring on specific dates and facts. Also, I felt that the analysis of the subject-matter of some works, from time to time, was more subjective than it should be. Otherwise, I ...more
May 05, 2009 Ellis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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read for my class: Ancient Art

I hated this class, but the reading was okay. I felt that Ramage spent too little time on some very important monuments on which entire books an theses have been written but then doddled on some works which I felt were rather insignificant. It had lots of illustrations and schematic plans, however, which are always helpful when discussing Ancient monuments which are frequently in ruin. The most strange thing about this book was the apparent phallic obsession the aut
Mar 25, 2013 Merinde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's a very clear oversight and contained many pictures. So it's definitely useful to own as a reference. However, the text really irritated me at times, like when they insisted on talking about how Julia Domna's scheming personality was obviously reflected in her facial features...what? Physiognomy hasn't made a big comeback yet, right? Or so I thought. It's not just Julia, by the way - I just thought that one was the most obviously ridiculous one, as she didn't really have a particularly ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Genevieve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book kind of drives me crazy - it is the best textbook for images of Roman art, but the text leaves a lot to be desired. The discussion of the works is almost exclusively in terms of their aesthetic qualities with little about cultural context or iconography (especially in the early chapters). I still use this book for my classes on Classical and Roman art and archaeology, but have to supplement it heavily with additional readings on these issues.
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May 20, 2009 Maura Dechtiaruk rated it liked it
Everything you want to know about Roman Art and then some.
I actually used an earlier edition for my Ancient art course in college. Very clear and straightforward, which can be a little tedious. Good coverage of the development of Roman Art from its Etruscan forerunners through the reign of Constantine the Great. Would benefit from more color photos. My favorite aspect was the development of portraiture by studying the images of Roman emperors.
Ramage and Ramage--as this book was always referred to by my lecturers--was the standard text we used in our art history classes. It works well as both an introduction to the subject for complete beginners, and a reference for those whose studies are a little more advanced. The text is readable, the photos are of high quality, and there are plenty of plans and maps.
Mar 10, 2013 Tawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! At first it seemed like it was going to be a bit of a daunting read, but the pages are more so filled with images than text, even including many full paged ones. The book spans from the Villanovans to Constantine I, so granted it does not go insanely in depth into each art piece, but it is still a wonderful read!
Very interesting book, surveying Roman architecture, paintings, sculpture, sarcophagi, and engravings. The pictures were beautiful and informative, and the authors do a great job of pointing out detail and providing interpretation. I especially enjoyed learning about Roman architecture.
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