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Author Gensheimer, Maryl B., 1983-
Title Decoration and display in Rome's imperial thermae : messages of power and their popular reception at the Baths of Caracalla / Maryl B. Gensheimer.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]

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Subject Caracalla, Emperor of Rome, 188-217 -- Art patronage.
Baths of Caracalla (Rome, Italy)
Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Rome -- Themes, motives.
Decoration and ornament, Roman -- Themes, motives.
Art and society -- Rome.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 430 pages) : illustrations
Note Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--New York University, 2013.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. An Introduction to Baths in Rome and Methodologies of This Study; BATHS AND BATHING IN ANCIENT ROME; ROME'S IMPERIAL THERMAE; THE BATHS OF CARACALLA: THEIR DESIGN AND PLAN; THE BATHS OF CARACALLA: THEIR HISTORY AND EXCAVATION; THE STATE OF SCHOLARSHIP; Freestanding Sculpture; Architectural Sculpture and Columnar Orders; Mosaic, Opus Sectile, and Stucco; AIMS AND OBJECTIVES; 2. The Decoration of the Baths of Caracalla; RECOVERING THE DECORATIVE PROGRAM OF THE BATHS OF CARACALLA WORKS WITH KNOWN PROVENANCEThe Frigidarium; The Palaestrae; The Natatio; The Main Bathing Block; The Precinct; WORKS WITH HYPOTHETICAL BUT PROBABLE PROVENANCE; The Frigidarium; The Main Bathing Block; WORKS WITH UNKNOWN PROVENANCE; Conclusions; 3. The Role of Iconographical Programs at the Baths of Caracalla; THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DECORATION TO ROMAN BATHS; "TYPICAL" DECORATION: THE WORLDS OF HEALING, PHYSICAL PLEASURE, AND THE PALAESTRA; "ATYPICAL" DECORATION: THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD; Imperial Innuendo: Hercules, Bacchus, Venus, and Mars in the Frigidarium Imperial Explicitness: Res Gestae and Images of Empire in the PalaestraeColossal Statue Groups and Mythological Exempla; PORTRAITURE AND HONORIFIC STATUARY IN THE BATHS OF CARACALLA; CONCLUSIONS; 4. The Visual Experience and Reception of the Baths of Caracalla; UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING THE ANCIENT EXPERIENCE OF A ROMAN BATH; A THEORETICAL FRAME: COGNITIVE SPACE THEORY; COLOR AND PATTERN: LEGIBILITY while DEFINING THE "ARMATURE"; DUPLICATION, REPETITION, AND VARIATION: THE SHIFTING IMAGE; CONTRASTS, COMPARISONS, AND COLOSSI: NODES AND LANDMARKS ALONG THE ARMATURE SCAENAE FRONS ARCHITECTURE: THE NATATIO NYMPHAEUM WALL; Septimius Severus and the Septizodium; The Natatio Nymphaeum in Context; Conclusions; 5. The Power of Place: Where and Why Caracalla's Baths Were Built; DYNASTIC BUILDING PROGRAMS, TOPOGRAPHY, AND URBAN DESIGN; TOPOGRAPHICAL ALLUSIONS TO LEGITIMACY AND FAMILIAL LEGACY; The Severans as the Legitimate and Divinely Sanctioned Successors of the Antonines; The Severans and Associations with North Africa; TOPOGRAPHICAL ALLUSIONS TO CONQUEST AND EMPIRE; CONCLUSIONS; Conclusions; Appendix 1: Decorative Statistics from the Baths of Caracalla Appendix 2: Freestanding Sculpture from the Baths of Caracalla.
Summary Across the Roman Empire, ubiquitous archaeological, art historical, and literary evidence attests to the significance of bathing for Romans' routines and relationships. Decoration and Display in Rome's Imperial Thermae presents a detailed analysis of the extensive decoration of the best preserved of these bathing complexes, the Baths of Caracalla (inaugurated 216 CE).
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ISBN 9780190614805 (electronic book)
0190614803 (electronic book)
9780190614799 (electronic book)
019061479X (electronic book)
9780190614782 (hardcover)
0190614781 (hardcover)
OCLC # 1021055598
Additional Format Print version: Gensheimer, Maryl B., 1983- Decoration and display in Rome's imperial thermae 9780190614782 (DLC) 2017054068 (OCoLC)1020304912