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Visual Power in Ancient Greece and Rome: Between Art and Social Reality

Tonio Hölscher


This book aims to explore the aspects of visuality in Greek and Roman culture, comprising the visual appearance of images as well as the reality of the social world. The face-to-face societies of ancient Greece and Rome were to a high degree based on civic presence and direct, immediate social interaction in which visual appearance and experience of beings and things was of paramount importance. The six chapters of the book are dedicated to action in space, memory over time, the appearance of the person, conceptualization of reality, and, finally, presentification and decor as fundamental cate ... More

Keywords: visuality, image, public image, public architecture, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294936
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tonio Hölscher, author
University of Heidelberg