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A History of Roman Art, Enhanced Edition 1st Edition

Fred S. Kleiner

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007
  • 384 Pages


A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, ENHANCED EDITION is a lavishly-illustrated survey of the art of Rome and the Roman Empire from the time of Romulus to the death of Constantine, presented in its historical, political, and social context. This ENHANCED EDITION has added coverage on Etruscan art in the beginning of the text. All aspects of Roman art and architecture are treated, including private art and domestic architecture, the art of the Eastern and Western provinces, the art of freedmen, and the so-called minor arts, including cameos, silverware, and coins. The book is divided into four parts-Monarchy and Republic, Early Empire, High Empire, and Late Empire-and traces the development of Roman art from its beginnings in the 8th century BCE to the mid fourth century CE, with special chapters devoted to Pompeii and Herculaneum, Ostia, funerary and provincial art and architecture, and the earliest Christian art. The original edition of this text was warmly received in the market based on a high level of scholarship, comprehensive contents, and superb visuals.

Fred S. Kleiner, Boston University

Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently professor of art history and archaeology. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.
  • The Enhanced Edition now includes coverage of Etruscan art in a lavishly illustrated introduction, Italy Before the Rise of Rome.
  • The new material on Etruscan art includes 30 new images, a new map with Greek and Etruscan sites in Italy, and an Art and Society box on "Etruscan Women".
  • In addition to the new images of Etruscan art, there are over 35 new or updated images throughout the text.
  • Divided into four parts, A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, ENHANCED EDITION covers Monarchy and Republic, the Early, High, and Late Empire. Each chapter combines a discussion of general issues and individual monuments with a series of boxed essays on architecture, artistic media, religion and mythology, documentary sources, and cultural context in general.
  • Illustrating the 20 chapters are almost 500 photographs, plans, and drawings, mostly in color, as well as a series of analytical architectural drawings and restored views of buildings prepared expressly for the text. Each figure has a caption that contains a wealth of information, including the identification of the work, its origin or location, date, material or materials used, size, and the name and city of the museum, if the work is in a public collection.
  • Religion and Mythology boxes introduce students to the principal deities and religions of the Roman world and to the representation of mythological themes in painting and sculpture. The topics include Roman gods and goddesses; the imperial cult; Greek myths on Roman sarcophagi; polytheism and monotheism at Dura-Europos; and the iconography of Early Christian art.
  • Art and Society essays treat the historical, social, political, and cultural context of Roman art and architecture. Among the subjects examined are the social structure of the Roman house; spectacles in the Colosseum; damnatio memoriae; imperial funerals; Roman baths; and the quality of life in the city during the High Empire.
  • Five full-color maps, indispensable for understanding the geography of the Roman world, help students locate important sites. To facilitate placing the ancient sites in a modern context, the names of contemporary nations appear on all maps.
1. From Village to World Capital.
2. Republican Town Planning and Pompeii.
3. Republican Domestic Architecture and Mural Painting.
4. From Marcellus to Caesar.
5. The Augustan Principate.
6. Preparing for the Afterlife during the Early Empire.
7. The Pax Augusta in the West.
8. The Julio-Claudian Dynasty.
9. Civil War, the Flavians, and Nerva.
10. Pompeii and Herculaneum in the First Century CE.
11. Trajan, Optimus Princeps.
12. Hadrian the Philhellene.
13. The Antonines.
14. Ostia, Port and Mirror of Rome.
15. Burying the Dead during the High Empire.
16. The Severan Dynasty.
17. Lepcis Magna and the Eastern Provinces.
18. The Soldier Emperors.
19. The Tetrarchy.
20. Constantine, Emperor and Christian Patron.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133379508
  • ISBN-13: 9781133379508
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Website (with PowerPoint, Instructor's Manual)

ISBN: 9781337104876
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint® presentations, test bank files, and more.

Digital Image Library Flash Drive

ISBN: 9781337393683

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781337104913
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Instructor's Edition

ISBN: 9781337104388
Winner of the prestigious TAA Textbook Excellence Award, A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART has been updated to reflect scholarship advances of the past decade, and dramatically expands the lavish photographic documentation of the first edition with more than 400 new color photographs in the text. A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART surveys the art of Rome and its empire from the time of Romulus to the death of Constantine presented in its historical, political, and social context. Divided into four parts (Italy before and during the Republic; and the Early, High, and Late Empires), each of the 21 chapters combines a discussion of general issues and individual monuments with a series of boxed essays on architectural terminology; materials and techniques; religion and mythology; the cultural context of works of art; the role of patrons; and the problems that ancient artists and architects faced and how they solved them. Special chapters are devoted to Pompeii and Herculaneum and funerary and provincial art in all media.