David Mather Masson's Ancient History PDF

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Книга old background old background Книги Исторические Автор: David Mather Masson Год издания: 1851 Формат: pdf Издат.:William & Robert Chambers Страниц: 290 Размер: 7,5 Mb Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка: historic background through David Mather Masson

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These problems are further compounded by the underlying academic discourse which has been used in the past. Although this meta-narrative has mainly been applied to the representational art forms, such as sculpture or painting, the assumptions behind it have influenced the way in which architecture is viewed. This is essentially the discourse of advancement, climax and decline, and operates on two levels with respect to Roman architecture. The first story is that of the advancement of art from the archaic kouros to the flowering of realistic representation in fifthand fourth-century Greece (specifically Athens), with a gradual decline during the Roman period.

Thus, at the centre of the analysis is the issue of how the people interacted with the physical environment: who was allowed in, on which occasions, what they could see, where they could go. Inscriptions support this enquiry in that they formed part of the lived experience of the town. They allow us to reconstruct activities carried out in the space, and to investigate acts people thought worthy of commemoration and the social structures which gave them meaning. Both the buildings and the inscriptions allow us to glimpse the lives of the people in the Roman past, and the society within which they operated.

However, if we are to view the ideology of urbanism as an embedded structure, we require a framework through which to investigate it. If it operated as a dialectic, conditioning the actions of both imperial authorities at Rome and the people in the provinces, then we must examine both sides of the coin. We need to define urbanism within Roman discourse, then explore how it formed part of the conceptual framework through which the empire was ruled and the response of those who were being ruled. 2 The ideology of urbanism Just as ideology must be seen as specific to any society, so urbanism as an ideology took differing forms within different societies.

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