Reading Roman emotions

Distributed by AB. Also available at, Adlibris and Bokus. Reading Roman emotions. Visual and textual interpretations Edited by Hedvig von Ehrenheim & Marina Prusac-Lindhagen This volume is a contribution to the study of culturally bound emotions and emotional response in ancient Rome. Approaches to the study of ancient emotions and how they were culturally specific, appreciated and understood have recently come to the centre of attention, but not so much in the visual as in the literary culture. When socially and affectively contextualized, the material culture of ancient Rome is a potential goldmine of information with regard to emotions. The chapters in the present volume take the reader on a tour through various cases that demonstrate how emotions were expressed through the arts. The tour starts with a fresh view of how emotion history can be used to recover feelings from the visual culture of the past. Visual culture includes animated performances, and the reader is invited to revel in Roman drama, oratory, and love poetry. Words are often clear, but can images reveal laughter and joy, sadness, grief and mourning, virtue and anger? This volume argues that yes, they can, and through the study of emotions it…

Book reviews
Book review , Content / 2017-12-02

Opuscula 10 (2017) is now available for purchase at,,, and Books reviewed in Opuscula 10 (2017) Fredrik Tobin | S. Bell & A. A. Carpino (eds.), A companion to the Etruscans, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2016. xxviii + 493 pp. ISBN 978-1-118-35274-8. Pedro Bentancour Garin | I. McPhee, Myth, Drama and Style in South Italian Vase-Painting: Selected Papers by A.D. Trendall (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and Literature PB 182), Uppsala: Åströms Förlag 2016. xxxix + 299 pp. ISBN 978-91-7081-205-7. Hedvig von Ehrenheim | G. Renberg, Where dreams may come. Incubation sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman world, vols. 1–2 (Religions in the Greco-Roman world 184), Leiden & Boston: Brill 2016. 1046 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-29976-4 (hardback set) ISBN 978-90-04-34621-5 (hardback, vol. 1) ISBN 978-90-04-34622-2 (hardback, vol. 2) ISBN 978-90-04-33023-8 (e-book). Bibliographical information ‘Book reviews’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 10, Stockholm 2017, 190–195. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977798-9-0.

San Lorenzo in Lucina

Distributed by AB. Also available at,,, and San Lorenzo in Lucina. The transformations of a Roman quarter By Olof Brandt (ed.) This volume presents the results of research carried out by the Swedish Institute in Rome in the Roman church of San Lorenzo in Lucina. This research involved the Roman phases of the site and the surrounding quarter. The research began with the 1993–1998 excavation of the baptistery of the Early Christian church, and continued in 2000 with a project which also included other parts, aspects and periods of the site. The papers in this volume shed new light on the Late Roman and post-Antique development of an area which is between Augustan monuments such as the Ara Pacis, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the obelisk and its meridian. The papers include studies on the early 3rd century insula beneath the church, the baptistery and the Early Christian basilica, as well a survey of hagiographic legends, medieval wall-paintings, and other finds such as inscriptions and graffiti, pottery, glass, marble, bones and spolia. Reports on the conservation on fragments of Roman wall-paintings and marble fragments are also included. Contents Barbro Santillo Frizell | Preface Olof Brandt |…