Roman Mosaics of Britain Volume IV: Western Britain

Author:   Stephen R. Cosh ,  David S. Neal ,  Stephen R. Cosh
Publisher:   Society of Antiquaries of London
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9780854312948


Pages:   480
Publication Date:   11 November 2010
Format:   Hardback
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This volume brings to a triumphant conclusion this monumental project to catalogue, describe and illustrate every Romano-British mosaic. The area covered by the fourth and final volume in the corpus is one of the richest regions of Britain in economic as well as architectural and artistic terms and this is reflected in the quantity and quality of the region's mosaics, which include the largest figured mosaic ever found in Britain - the Woodchester Orpheus pavement - which was perhaps the inspiration for the other famous Orpheus mosaics of the Roman Cotswolds. At the heart of this affluent region is Cirencester, Roman Britain's second largest town, represented here by more than sixty mosaics, the second-century examples being the most exquisite in the country. There are also many fine mosaics from the region's highly ornate villas, as well as from the towns of Gloucester, Caerwent and Wroxeter. The catalogue follows the format of earlier volumes in providing an account of each mosaic's discovery and locating the mosaic within its building plan. Following the description are notable parallels and major references. Many of the illustrations are by the authors, with additional ones by Luigi Thompson, as well as photographs and historical engravings, a high proportion of the latter by Samuel Lysons whose home was in Gloucestershire where he did much of his pioneering work in archaeological excavation and illustration. Brief biographies of Lysons and all the other artists whose work grace all four volumes appear at the end of this volume. As with previous volume the work is preceded with a substantial introduction. This deals with the history and topography of the region, buildings and rooms, an assessment of regional workshops, and schemes, ending with a consideration of mosaics in relation to the end of Roman Britain.

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Author:   Stephen R. Cosh ,  David S. Neal ,  Stephen R. Cosh
Publisher:   Society of Antiquaries of London
Imprint:   Society of Antiquaries of London
Dimensions:   Width: 24.80cm , Height: 4.40cm , Length: 31.30cm
ISBN:  

9780854312948


ISBN 10:   0854312943
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   11 November 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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It is always a feast for the eyes and an important scholarly event to open a volume of the series dedicated to the corpus of Roman mosaics in Britain. The last in the series is an exemplary conclusion of a Herculean task, carried out by two respected specialists of mosaics in antiquity.<br> ...[Taken collectively] the four volumes of the completed corpus constitute an indispensable work of reference. With over 2000 mosaics now carefully catalogued, it forms the basis for much future research.'--Michel E. Fuchs Antiquity (01/01/0001)


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David Neal is a senior archaeologist and archaeological illustrator; formerly Head of the Archaeological Drawing Office, English Heritage. Leading authority on mosaic pavements, his work having been displayed in numerous exhibitions. The British Museum now holds a large assemblage of his mosaic paintings.

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