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Roman Furniture

After an introduction to the sources of evidence and the different materials used in making Roman furniture, the individual chapters touch on different categories such as couches, beds, tables, and chairs, as well as stools, cupboards, storage boxes, and shelving. A special emphasis is placed on furniture used in Italy’s northwest provinces. The final part of the book discusses the types found in rich and poor houses, including farms and military barracks, in addition to the kinds usually found in specific rooms. This is the first general reference on Roman furniture to be published in English.

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Tempus (September 28, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0752440977

ISBN-13: 978-0752440972

Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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I had been hoping for a fairly thorough, pictorial overview of Roman furniture types and styles for potential replication and/or as decorative inspiration for modern pieces. Instead, I got a very limited discussion of a very limited number of Roman pieces, with lots of construction tips and instructions. IF that is your interest, then this is your book. If you are interested in a wide selection and comprehensive survey of Roman furniture, then this is most definitely NOT the book you want - indeed, there is not a single sample of the pieces preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum and little enough of the mosaic and wall painting depictions. If you want to make a "typical" Roman desk or library cabinet, then this may be what you are looking for. If you want to know about Roman furniture and decorative techniques and styles, this book will leave you wanting.

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