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Altera Roma
Art and Empire from Merida to Mexico

Edited by Claire L. Lyons and John M. D. Pohl

Altera Roma
Paperback, 385 pages £58.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781938770012
Format: 234mm x 159mm
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Series: Monographs

Altera Roma explores the confrontation of two cultures, European and Amerindian, and two empires, Spanish and Aztec. In an age of exploration and conquest, Spanish soldiers, missionaries, and merchants brought an array of cultural preconceptions. Their encounter with Aztec civilization coincided with Europe's rediscovery of classical antiquity, and Tenochtitlan came to be regarded a"second Rome,"or altera Roma. Iberia's past as the Roman province of Hispania served to both guide and critique the Spanish overseas mission. The dialogue that emerged between the Old World and the New World shaped a dual heritage into the unique culture of Nueva Espana. In this volume, ten eminent historians and archaeologists examine the analogies between empires widely separated in time and place and consider how monumental art and architecture created"theater states,"a strategy that links ancient Rome, Hapsburg Spain, preconquest Mexico, and other imperial regimes.

John M. D. Pohl has directed numerous archaeological projects in North America and in Europe. He teaches in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Claire L. Lyons is the curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 385 pages
 234mm x 159mm

BIC Code:
  HIS038000, SOC003000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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