Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome

By Maggie L. Popkin,

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In this book, Maggie Popkin offers an in-depth investigation of souvenirs, a type of ancient Roman object that has been understudied and that is unfamiliar to many people. Souvenirs commemorated places, people, and spectacles in the Roman Empire. Straddling the spheres of religion, spectacle, leisure, and politics, they serve as…

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1 author picked Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I was hooked by this book. It shows a dimension of the Roman world that I had not really thought about.

The book is also beautiful with fantastic illustrations. It takes the reader literally into the world of travel and the buying of objects to remind people of that journey 2000 years ago. The book brings out a new dimension to understanding objects and the way in which objects could move across the Roman world, whether made on Hadrian’s Wall or on the Bay of Naples.

There is a sense that this book is a foil to the Roman Art…

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