Domesticating Empire Is The First Contextually Oriented Monograph On Egyptian Imagery In Roman Households Caitl N Barrett Draws On Case Studies From Flavian Pompeii To Investigate The Close Association Between Representations Of Egypt And A Particular Type Of Roman Household Space The Domestic Garden Through Paintings And Mosaics Portraying The Nile, Canals That Turned The Garden Itself Into A Miniature Nilescape, And Statuary Depicting Egyptian Themes, Many Gardens In Pompeii Offered Ancient Visitors Evocations Of A Roman Vision Of Egypt Simultaneously Faraway And Familiar, These Imagined Landscapes Made The Unfathomable Breadth Of Empire Compatible With The Familiarity Of Home In Contrast To Older Interpretations That Connect Roman Aegyptiaca To The Worship Of Egyptian Gods Or The Problematic Concept Of Egyptomania, A Contextual Analysis Of These Garden Assemblages Suggests New Possibilities For Meaning In Pompeian Houses, Egyptian And Egyptian Looking Objects And Images Interacted With Their Settings To Construct Complex Entanglements Of Foreign And Familiar, Self And Other Representations Of Egyptian Landscapes In Domestic Gardens Enabled Individuals To Present Themselves As Sophisticated Citizens Of Empire Yet At The Same Time, Household Material Culture Also Exerted An Agency Of Its Own Domesticizing, Familiarizing, And Romanizing Once Foreign Images And Objects That Which Was Once Imagined As Alien And Potentially Dangerous Was Now Part Of The Domus Itself, Increasingly Incorporated Into Cultural Constructions Of What It Meant To Be Roman Featuring Brilliant Illustrations In Both Color And Black And White, Domesticating Empire Reveals The Importance Of Material Culture In Transforming Household Space Into A Microcosm Of Empire.
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- 416 pages
- Domesticating Empire
- Caitin Eilis Barrett
- 06 October 2019 Caitin Eilis Barrett