Art Forms and Civic Life in the Late Roman Empire by Hans Peter L'Orange

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By Hans Peter L'Orange

During this learn, initially released in Norway as Fra Principat Til Dominat, Professor L'Orange units down the essence of his idea at the an important interval of transition from decentralization to standardization in civic and cultural life-a interval now not in contrast to our own.
"This slender quantity provides an admirably succinct research of 1 of the nice turning issues in Western paintings and civilization."--Art Bulletin
"L'Orange has distilled for the non-specialist reader's gain the essence of these very important experiences of late-antique artwork, and the ideologies informing it, for which he has lengthy been famed."--Classical evaluate

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11 The similarity of the emperors is evident in ~heir whole being, their physical exterior, even their age. "19 Coin portraits proclaim with equal emp·hasis the similitudo of the emperors; as said above, this assimilation was carried so far as to enable one emperor portrait to be substituted for another and thus to be considered current under the four different imperial names. Archaeolog. Instituts, Rom. , 53, 1938, pp. 1 ff. H. Kahler, Das Funfsiiulentlenl{mal fur die TetrarcAen auf tlem Forum Romanum, Cologne, 1¢4, pp.

The classical principle is to indicate the equilibrium of forces in the interaction between the supporting column and the heavy load of the architrave. A further construction above the rows of columns can, according 20 The Spiritual 73ackground to the classical rule, only repeat this interplay between column and entablature, as seen, for instance, in the two. story rows of columns in the interior of the classical temple (Fig. 11). Now, with the massive wall replacing the organically muscular system of rows of columns and entablature recurring over one another, the classically organized building structure disappears behind a merely space-enclosing wall.

Beauty is a function of the inner being (TO ev8ov ei8o~). Also on the ethical level we are dealing with a revaluation and transformation of the classical attitude to life, an Umwertung aller W erte. And again the change is marked by a turning away from the external towards the internal world. The ideal is· no longer what one could call proportionality of the soul, the harmonic organization of its natural energies with acceptance also of the instinctive and sensual life-the whole state of mind which is defined in the term a-wcppouvv'YJ.

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