Vitruvian Man: Rome Under Construction (Hardcover)

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Vitruvian Man: Rome Under Construction (Hardcover)

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Professionalism is political. This book offers a new assessment of the Roman architect Vitruvius and his treatise, On Architecture, dedicated to Augustus in the 20s BCE. Once reviled by scholars, Vitruvius emerges as an imperial expert par excellence when read alongside literary coevals
through an intertextual lens. No building of Vitruvius' name survives from antiquity, but his treatise remains a formidable literary construction that partakes of Rome's vibrant textual culture. The book explores Vitruvius' portrait of the ideal architect as an imposing Vitruvian man at the dawn
of Augustus' empire. In direct dialogue with his republican model, Cicero's ideal orator, the architect embodies a distinctly imperial civic ethos in which technically skilled partisans supersede old elites as guarantors of Augustan authority. Vitruvius promises to shape not only the emperor's
legacy with architecture, but also the notion of a Roman citizen through his ideal architect.
John Oksanish is Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Languages at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Professor Oksanish received his PhD in Classical Philology from Yale University in 2011 and has published scholarship on Vitruvius's work De architectura (On architecture) and Latin pastoral poetry.
Product Details ISBN: 9780190696986
ISBN-10: 0190696982
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 4th, 2019
Pages: 264
Language: English