The Roman Captive: an Iconographical and Cultural study
By Ann Marie Forget
MA Thesis, University of Victoria, 1996
Abstract: The object of this thesis is to collect and analyze representations of barbarian captives used as decorations on Roman monuments from the mid second century B.C. to the mid fourth cenhiry A.D., in order to assess their significance in Roman society and mentality. This investigation of archaeological evidence is set within the historical and socio-cultural context of modem scholarly analysis of Roman slavery and dassical concepts of the “other.” The evidence itself is presented in the form of a catalogue, appended to the thesis. Comrnencing with a description of six types of capture and submission scenes found within the material at large.
Chapter One outlines the chronological and geographical limits of the study. A survey of the main lines of academic inquiry into anaent slavery follows in order to serve as a foundation on which the archaeological evidence may be placed. Sixni.larly, a brief discussion of previous work in the field of the cultural representation of the outsider is undertaken. This chapter condudes with a number of questions to be answered in the body of the thesis.
Chapter Two contain