Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome

Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome

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No. of pages:346 pages
Size:261x184x21 mm
Weight:890 g
Short description:

This book uses ancient souvenirs and memorabilia to reveal the experiences, interests, imaginations, and aspirations of ordinary ancient Romans.

Long description:
In this book, Maggie Popkin offers an in-depth investigation of souvenirs, a type of ancient Roman object that has been understudied and that is unfamiliar to many people. Souvenirs commemorated places, people, and spectacles in the Roman Empire. Straddling the spheres of religion, spectacle, leisure, and politics, they serve as a unique resource for exploring the experiences, interests, imaginations, and aspirations of a broad range of people - beyond elite, metropolitan men - who lived in the Roman world. Popkin shows how souvenirs generated and shaped memory and knowledge, as well as constructed imagined cultural affinities across the empire's heterogeneous population. At the same time, souvenirs &&&160;strengthened local identities, but excluded certain groups from the social participation that souvenirs made available to so many others. Featuring a full illustration program of 137 color and black and white images, Popkin's book demonstrates the critical role that souvenirs played in shaping how Romans perceived and conceptualized their world, and their relationships to the empire that shaped it.

'... showcase(s) a truly unexpected range of ancient memorabilia, many of which are usually kept within museum stores ...' Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction: Souvenirs of the Roman Empire; Part I: 2. Souvenirs of cult statues; 3. Souvenirs of cities and sites; 4. Memory, knowledge, cultural affinities; Part II: 5. Souvenirs of the circus and arena; 6. Souvenirs of the theater; 7. Imagining the Roman Empire; 8. Conclusion: Rethinking Rome.