Egypt in Italy : visions of Egypt in Roman imperial culture / Molly Swetnam-Burland.

Egypt in Italy : visions of Egypt in Roman imperial culture / Molly Swetnam-Burland.

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Swetnam-Burland, Molly.
xii, 249 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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DG215.E3.S83 2015z
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-245) and index.
"This book examines the appetite for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking artwork in Italy during the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. In the early imperial period, Roman interest in Egyptian culture was widespread, as evidenced by works ranging from the monumental obelisks, brought to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea by the emperors, to locally made emulations of Egyptian artifacts found in private homes and in temples to Egyptian gods. Although the foreign appearance of these artworks was central to their appeal, this book situates them within their social, political, and artistic contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland focuses on what these works meant to their owners and their viewers in their new settings, by exploring evidence for the artists who produced them and by examining their relationship to the contemporary literature that informed Roman perceptions of Egyptian history, customs, and myths"-- Provided by publisher.
Cameo glass: plate III, p. 55-58.
Introduction: From Egypt to Italy --
Egyptian objects, Roman contexts : appropriation and aesthetics --
Aegyptus Redacta : Augustus' obelisks and the spoils of Egypt --
The Sanctuary of Isis in Pompeii : dedication and devotion, myth and ritual --
Images of Egypt : land at the limit of belief --
Conclusion: The afterlives of objects.
9781107040489 (hardback)
1107040485 (hardback)
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Includes CMoG object 66.1.63, p. 56.