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'Gnosticism' in fourth century Britain: the Frampton mosaics reconsidered

Perring, D; (2003) 'Gnosticism' in fourth century Britain: the Frampton mosaics reconsidered. Britannia , 34 97 - 127. 10.2307/3558541. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the significance of the mosaic designs employed in Roman houses. Studies have concentrated on establishing the mythological sources of the images chosen, and on describing the social and architectural contexts within which such art was used. It has long been noted that some of the subjects preferred in fourth-century Britain suggest allegorical references to the hereafter, although it has also been observed that the ‘search for profound and coherent allegories may exaggerate the significance which the wealthy British patrons imparted to the floors of the great halls or dining-rooms of their villas’. Ling, in particular, has cautioned against reading exaggerated meanings into ambivalent images that may simply have been chosen to vaunt erudite taste.

Type: Article
Title: 'Gnosticism' in fourth century Britain: the Frampton mosaics reconsidered
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2307/3558541
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3558541
Language: English
Additional information: © 2003 Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Keywords: Archaeology, Roman Britain, Mosaics, Gnosticism
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11358
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