Fine Arts | Politics, Ideology and Myth: Constructing History in Roman Art (Problems In Ancient Art)
A616 | 24853 | Van Voorhis

Roman sculptors are arguably best known for their
representations of historical events on public monuments.  In
addition to historical relief sculpture, which is considered by art
historians to be a distinctly Roman form of artistic expression, the
Romans commemorated their mythical and historical past in other
media including painting, silverware, gems, and perhaps most
importantly, coinage.  Through these visual representations, the
Romans constructed their own history, emphasizing certain events and
civic values while downplaying others.  Using a combination of
archaeological, art historical, and literary evidence, we will
address questions concerning the artistic style, subject matter and
iconography, placement, and function(s) of the monuments under
discussion.  We will also examine the accuracy of Roman depictions
of the past and the significance of such representations for the
collective political and social identity of Rome and its empire.