Jas Elsner is Professor of Late Antique Art at the University of Oxford, Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor of Art and Religion at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was elected a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and since 2013 has been Principal Investigator in the Empires of Faith Project. He is married with four children and lives in Oxford.
Elsner's innovative goal was to address the movement of aspects of Roman art into the east, and the presence of some aspects of Asian material culture in the Roman world (xv), and he succeeds in doing so. * Fred S. Kleiner, Boston University, Journal of Roman Archaeology * A very accessible introduction to the art, and the cultural and political history, of the period. It is eminently readable; pitched to the undergraduate student (including an immensely useful updated bibliographical guide), it is approachable enough for the general reader, and would likely be the kind of book I would recommend to an enthusiastic sixth-former. The illustrations are well-chosen, and the supplementary material is an added bonus: several maps of the empire at the beginning, and a detailed timeline at the end are hugely valuable assets for any ancient historian or classicist. * Stuart Thomson, Classics for All * Review from previous edition exciting and original... a vibrant impression of creative energy and innovation... Elsner constantly surprises and intrigues the reader by approaching familiar material in new ways. * Professor Avril Cameron, Professor Emerita, University of Oxford * His understanding of the way Second Sophistic and Christianity interact is marvellous... a highly individual work... wonderful visual and comparative analysis * Professor Natalie Boymel Kampen *