R. B. Goldman, Color-Terms in Social and Cultural Context in Ancient Rome

Dimanche, 26 Janvier 2014 22:34 Marie-Karine Lhommé
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Rachael B. Goldman, Color-Terms in Social and Cultural Context in Ancient Rome, Piscataway, NJ, 2013.

Éditeur : Gorgias Press
Collection : Gorgias Studies in Classical and Late Antiquity 3
204 pages
ISBN : 978-1-61143-914-4
$95.00

Ancient color-terms can be difficult for us to understand because of the temporal distance between our world and that of antiquity. This study of Roman color-terms covers a great deal of territory, from the occupations that created the colors, to the people who wore them, and how they used them in public and private life. Romans attached nuanced implications to color-terms which went beyond their literal meaning, using these terms as a form of cultural assessment, defining their social values and order. By using color, they were often making judgments about social class, gender roles, and ethnic groups, and so maintaining the status quo. By analyzing the use and color words in specific contexts, we can gain greater insight into the Roman mind.

Dr. Rachael B. Goldman holds degrees from Rutgers University and The City University of New York-The Graduate Center. She has taught at Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Adelphi University, The College of New Jersey and Montclair State University. She has published in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality Volume III, The Bryn Mawr Classical Review, The Renaissance Quarterly, and the Bard Graduate Center Journal for Decorative Arts. A recipient of the New York Classical Club award, Dr. Goldman held a visiting fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

 

Source : Gorgias Press