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Published on Apr 29, 2015
Featuring Revd Professor Martin Henig.
Exploring Roman sculpture: London and the South-East is a complete catalogue of all Roman sculpture from the London and SE England region by Penny Coombe, Martin Henig, Francis Grew, and Kevin Hayward.
In contrast to the rest of Britain, this region has yielded a substantial collection of marble and bronze statuary. The sculptures from the Temple of Mithras in London are notable highlights, as are the busts probably of the emperor Pertinax and his father from the villa at Lullingstone. The famous head of Hadrian from the Thames is one of only three bronze statues of that emperor from the entire Roman world. Scarcely less impressive is the limestone sculpture, which includes important funerary monuments and sarcophagi, alongside depictions of Classical and Romano-British deities. In the last of these categories, a Matronae relief with four rather than the usual three matrons, and several representations of a Hunter God are particularly intriguing.