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The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples


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Introduction: the world's common property; 1. Domestic context; 2. Panels and porticoes; 3. The model of the scaenae frons; 4. Gardens and picture galleries; 5. The style of luxury; 6. Demography and decoration; Conclusion: beyond '79 in Rome and Campania.

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This book offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Rome and Campania.

About the Author

Eleanor Winsor Leach is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Classical Studies at Indiana University. The author of numerous articles and books on aspects of Roman literature and painting, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council for Learned Societies and served as President of the American Philological Association.


'This is a formidable book. It contains an exhaustive search of ancient literature and a vast range of visual material. Despite the length and sheer amount of material, the clear, engaging style ensures that the reader remains involved and informed. In updating, and reflecting on, the story of Roman painting, it deserves to become the standard work on the subject for some time to come.' Art History
"Leach, a leading scholar in Roman literature and art, has produced a superb study of the interrelationship of art and literature of the ancient Romans....Essential." Choice
"Relying on contemporary literary sources, and including 12 color plates and 212 black and white illustrations, the book also offers a fresh perspective on the demography of Pompeii and the relationship between the colony and Rome as reflected in its wall painting." - Alumnae Bulletin
"this is a rich book, amply documented with good-quality black and white photographs and plans, and a small number of not-so-sharp color images. The full bibliography of both ancient and modern sources, as well as the rich photographic documentation, will be valuable to specialist and non-specialist alike." - Zografia Welch, Department of Classical Studies, University of Waterloo

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