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Art and society in fourth-century Britain: villa mosaics in context

The mosaic pavements of Roman Britain are among the most spectacular relics of life in the province. Laid primarily in towns during the 2nd century, they passed to the wealthy villas of the countryside in the 4th century. It is to this later period that the bulk of the figured mosaics belong. Since they presumably represented a considerable capital investment on the part of the villa owners, the choice of designs and subjects can hardly have been entirely arbitrary; the mosaics are thus invaluable documents for understanding the tastes and aspirations of the landed classes of the time. Yet this evidence has been strangely neglected by modern interpreters; the thrust of research has been towards the analysis of regional `styles'...

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What is the Story behind Ancient Rome’s Art and Architecture

My driving question explains how Rome invented their art and how they use it to speak to the rest of the world. What stuff they use to make it and what kind of art they make. I care about this because I think it’s really interesting to learn about other countries art, especially ancient art. I really did not know anything about this topic. All I knew is that ancient Rome was known for their amazing architecture. I want to learn about what kind of art the Romans made and how and who they were influenced by. My search process went okay, except sometimes I had some issues. First I was going to get a website because I had access to...

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