"Peter Stewart's Social History of Roman Art stands out as an excellent introduction not merely to Roman art as such but to current thinking on the topic. Not only will it enrich and stimulate classroom discussion, but for scholars only peripherally interested in the subject it will serve as a highly accessible summary of recent debates on Roman art. ...a pleasure to read. ... Stewart has provided far more than an excellent summary of current debates in Roman art and archaeology. His incisive and persuasive critique of popular concepts like "propaganda" will stimulate debate for years to come." --BMCR
"Peter Stewart offers a smart and engaging synthesis of a range of issues central to the current study of Roman art...Aimed at a readership of both art historians and historians, Stewart strikes a sophisticated yet accessible tone."
NECJ, Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California
More than ever before, students and scholars of the classical world use Roman images and wish to understand them. Using selected examples and themes, Stewart provides an introduction to the study of ancient Roman art in its social context and explains how and why Roman art was made and used .