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5. Painting Practices in Roman Corinth: Greek or Roman?

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The most significant challenges facing a study of Roman-period mural paintings from Greece result from preservation, chronology, and academic traditions. This chapter presents specific groups of paintings from Corinth that illustrates the patterns in painting techniques, material-use, and visual representations from the 1st to the 3rd centuries CE. It traces these patterns diachronically, integrating discussion of technical and iconographic facets with the consideration of the artistic associations of the painters, the interests and cultural resources of Corinthian patrons, and the networks of exchange in which Corinth participated during these centuries. This perspective highlights the manner in which paintings reflect cultural practices and the dynamic and multifaceted nature of artistic production in the Roman Mediterranean. 1st-century CE Corinthian paintings demonstrate a complete adoption of Italic painting techniques following the city's founding as a Roman colony in 44 BCE.

Keywords: Corinthian mural paintings; Italic painting techniques; Roman Mediterranean; Roman-period mural paintings; visual representations



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