Introduction; 1. Greek knowledge and the Roman world; 2. The self-fashioning of scribes; 3. House and man; 4. Art display and strategies of persuasion; 5. The vermilion walls of Faberius Scriba; Epilogue.
The first study in English of Vitruvius' De architectura to take the work seriously as a literary and cultural product.
Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols is Assistant Professor of Classics at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She works primarily on the literature, art, and culture of Ancient Rome.
'Nichols has produced an exceptional book that will inevitably shape the scholarly conversation about Vitruvius the author for some time to come. That it is a book of such high quality in so many respects - including production - is fortunate indeed.' John Matthew Oksanish, Bryn Mawr Classical Review