The Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics
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This list contains a selection of books and articles on every aspect of Roman mosaic. Works suitable for the general reader and beginner are marked with a crosslet ().
Much information about Roman mosaics is contained within excavation reports relating to individual sites, but this list confines itself to books and articles specifically concerned with mosaics. For references to excavation reports, the reader is referred to the bibliographies in Smith (1969), Ling (1997), and Neal & Cosh 20022010, under Romano-British mosaics below. Comprehensive bibliographies of recent publications about mosaics can be found in the regular Bulletins published by AIEMA (L'Association Internationale pour l'Étude de la Mosaïque Antique).
ASPROM is the British section of AIEMA. It publishes an annual journal, Mosaic (1978 to date), containing articles on every aspect of mosaic study. Copies of Mosaic are held in the following libraries: British Library, London; Institute of Classical Studies, London; Institute of Archaeology, London; Society of Antiquaries, London; Sackler Library, Oxford; Arts and Social Studies Library, Cardiff University; National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff; Reference Library, Bristol; Blegen Library, American School of Classical Studies, Athens; Centro de Estudios Historicos Biblioteca, Madrid; Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; ICCROM, Rome; Library Periodical Department, University of Haifa, Israel; Library of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.
You can locate books held in academic libraries in the UK through COPAC. Libraries with major collections of books about Roman mosaics include the following:
|London:||Institute of Classical Studies||webpage||online catalogue|
|Warburg Institute||webpage||online catalogue|
|Society of Antiquaries||webpage||online catalogue|
|Cambridge:||University Library and Classics Faculty Library||webpage||online catalogue|
|Manchester:||John Rylands University Library||webpage||online catalogue|
|Newcastle:||University Library||webpage||online catalogue|
|Oxford:||Sackler Library (formerly Ashmolean Library)||webpage||online catalogue|
Details of library admissions policies and opening times can be found on their webpages.
Many of the items on this list are to be found in the David J Smith Mosaic Archive (see Mosaic 26 (1999) 15). The core of the Archive is a research collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs and slides assembled by David Smith, one of the foremost authorities on Roman mosaics; it is kept up to date by regular purchase of specialist mosaic publications and other suitable material, through the financial support of the Roman Research Trust. The Archive is housed in the Institute of Classical Studies, London, and is open on request at the same times as the main library of the Institute; its holdings are included in the Institute's library catalogue.
|This list was compiled by Ilona Jesnick, and updated by Patricia Witts and Ruth Westgate.|
The section on Conservation was compiled by Valerie Munday.