An Imperial Image:The Bath Gorgon in Context

Cousins, Eleri (2016) An Imperial Image:The Bath Gorgon in Context. Britannia, 47. pp. 99-118. ISSN 0068-113X

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Abstract

This paper attempts to put the Gorgon from the pediment of the Temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath into a wider provincial context, by arguing for links between the Gorgon and first- and early second-century imitations in Gaul and Spain of the iconography of the Forum of Augustus in Rome. These imitations, part of what might be called a ‘visual language of empire’, served to connect the urban spaces of the provinces to Rome; by linking the Gorgon to this trend and setting aside interpretations of the Gorgon which have focused on his perceived status as a ‘Romano-Celtic’ masterpiece, we can justify more satisfactorily his position as the centrepiece of a pediment dominated by imperial imagery.

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Journal Article
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Britannia
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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/britannia/article/an-imperial-image-the-bath-gorgon-in-context/79B3E87D0BBC715F4C1CBDB215774FC4The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Britannia, 47, pp 99-118 2016, © 2016 Cambridge University Press.
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136073
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09 Aug 2019 13:00
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