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Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome

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Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome
By Tony Allan. (Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum: 2005. Pg. 144. 150 color illustrations.) ISBN: 0-89236-821-7.

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - March 10, 2005

Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome, by Tony Allan is a wonderful reference book that explores the breadth of Ancient Roman culture and mythology. Lavishly illustrated, this book provides a general overview of Roman history, literature, art, and religious life and beliefs. The text is organized into five thematic sections:
  1. Image and Imagination : This section offers a brief overview of ancient Roman history, art, architecture, and religion which allows the reader to put the information provided in the rest of the book into context in regard to the overall geography and history of Ancient Rome.

  2. The Roman World: Provides a detailed overview of the political and social organization of Ancient Rome, includes descriptions of the roles played by slaves, plebeians, patricians, senators, philosophers, poets, rulers, and others.

  3. A Citizen's Life: Explores the day to day life of a Roman, including the role of women, what foods they ate, where they lived, the entertainment they enjoyed, and more.

  4. Children of Mars: Provides a survey of some of Rome's best known legends.

  5. The Divine Sphere: Examines Roman religious life and the Roman Pantheon.

Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome will serve readers of all ages as a general guidebook to the world of the Ancient Romans. It also serves as a general introduction to the vast body of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, mythology, and religious works created by the Romans. Combined, this information enables the reader to better understand the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of the Roman World. This text, which is a companion volume to Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Greece , by Emma J. Stafford, also serves to illustrate how Roman development was influenced by the Ancient Greeks.

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