Roman Landscape: Culture and Identity (Paperback)
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Short Description for Roman Landscape This survey explores how and why Romans of the late Republic and early Principate were fascinated with landscaped nature.
- Published: 01 April 2011
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781107400245 ISBN 10: 1107400244
- Sales rank: 642,464
Full description for Roman Landscape
This book tackles how and why 'landscape' (farms, gardens, countryside) set the scene in the first centuries BCE and CE for Romans keen to talk up and about (but also to scrutinize and understand) what it meant to be a citizen. It investigates what 'landscape' means now and reflects upon how contemporary approaches to 'landscape' can enrich our understanding of ancient experience of the interface between natural and artificial space. It encourages examination of 'landscape' from a range of angles, suggesting alternative ways of thinking about what landscape represents. These methodological approaches (presented initially via a set of key terms and definitions and then deployed thematically across four chapters), combined with a detailed interdisciplinary bibliography and a series of case studies of literary texts and material sites, enable readers to use this survey as a starting point for developing their own in-depth study.