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Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens

Caitlín Eilís Barrett


This book is the first contextually oriented monograph on Egyptian imagery from Roman households. The author uses case studies from Flavian Pompeii to investigate the close association between representations of Egypt and a particular type of Roman household space: domestic gardens. Through paintings and mosaics depicting the Nile, canals that turned the garden itself into a model “Nile,” and statuary depicting Egyptian gods, animals, and individuals, many gardens in Pompeii confronted ancient visitors with images of (a Roman vision of) Egypt. Simultaneously far away and familiar, these imagin ... More

Keywords: Roman archaeology, Roman art history, household archaeology, archaeology of empire, materiality, wall painting, Aegyptiaca, Nilotic scene, Pompeii, Roman Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190641351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190641351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caitlín Eilís Barrett, author
Cornell University