Imagining Roman-ness: a study of the theater reliefs at Sabratha Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Raabe, Ashleigh W.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • Meticulously restored by Italian archaeologists in the 1930s, the Roman theater at Sabratha in Libya is today one of the most impressive Roman monuments in North Africa. The Sabratha theater is distinctive for its sculptured pulpitum, which is decorated with a variety of mythological, historical, and genre scenes. This paper examines the sculptural decoration of the theater within the historical and social context of the development of Sabratha, examining both the style and content of the program of decoration. The application of ‘Romanization’ in Sabratha will be examined in view of the sculptural decoration as material evidence of the presence and effects of Empire on the provincial city. The Sabratha reliefs and the theater building originally functioned in part to form the face of Sabratha as a ‘Roman’ city.
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