The dynamics of Roman honorific arches: space, design, and reception

dc.contributor.advisorClarke, John R., 1945-
dc.contributor.advisorDavies, Penelope J. E., 1964-
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMuntasser, Nayla
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPapalexandrou, Nassos
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRiggsby, Andrew
dc.contributor.committeeMemberUdovicki, Danilo
dc.creatorRodriguez, Gretel
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-4123-8985
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-03T16:50:44Z
dc.date.available2018-10-03T16:50:44Z
dc.date.created2018-08
dc.date.issued2018-09-13
dc.date.submittedAugust 2018
dc.date.updated2018-10-03T16:50:44Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation reconsiders Roman freestanding honorific arches as essential shapers of Roman cities and as communication vehicles between ancient patrons and viewers. I explore a select corpus of well-known monuments that include the Arch at Orange in Gaul and the Arch of Trajan at Benevento, as well as Roman arches including the Arch of Titus on the Velia, the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Forum, and the Arch of Constantine. By looking at these monuments from a comparative perspective, I reveal specific topographical and visual strategies ancient patrons employed to communicate a wide variety of messages. I also investigate how those messages were perceived by their intended audiences. The study begins with an exploration of the urban context of arches showing how their location was crucial in evoking a network of symbolic associations. The analysis follows with a consideration of design strategies typical or arches to include their form, their architectural ornamentation, and the style of the associated sculpted reliefs. The last chapters of this dissertation consider, for the first time, issues of reception of ancient architecture with a particular emphasis on freestanding arches. I explore how the messages constructed through topographical siting and design were perceived by a multitude of viewers according to their individual visual and cultural horizons.
dc.description.departmentArt History
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2Q815B5P
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/68664
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectArches
dc.subjectTriumphal
dc.subjectHonorific
dc.subjectRoman
dc.subjectArchitecture
dc.subjectReception
dc.titleThe dynamics of Roman honorific arches: space, design, and reception
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentArt History
thesis.degree.disciplineArt History
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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