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How Ancient Europeans Saw the WorldVision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times$
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Peter S. Wells

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143385

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143385.001.0001

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The Visuality of Objects, Past and Present

The Visuality of Objects, Past and Present

(p.222) Chapter 13 The Visuality of Objects, Past and Present
How Ancient Europeans Saw the World

Peter S. Wells

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that the “Roman conquest” of parts of temperate Europe was not as all-changing as most history books would suggest. The idea of a “Roman Europe,” in the sense of European provinces practicing Roman culture—in particular, Roman ways of seeing—needs considerable revision. Much evidence suggests that Middle Iron Age modes of visual perception and ways of crafting objects continued throughout the period of Roman political domination to reemerge in the so-called “early Germanic” style of the early Middle Ages, as well as in “Celtic” objects such as the Book of Kells and the traditions known as “Anglo-Saxon” and “Viking” art.

Keywords:   late prehistoric Europe, Roman conquest, Rome, Middle Iron Age, visual perception, Germanic style, Middle Ages, Celtic objects

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