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Ling, Roger

    Full Name: Ling, Roger

    Gender: male

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: unknown

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): archaeology, Classical, painting (visual works), and Roman (ancient Italian culture or period)


    Scholar of Roman painting and Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Manchester. Ling studied Classics at the University of Cambridge. He continued to research at the British School at Rome. His Ph.D. dissertation, written under J. B. Ward-Perkins when Ward-Perkins was director, was Stucco Decoration in Roman Italy. A portion of the dissertation appeared as “Stucco decoration in pre-Roman Italy” in Papers of the British School at Rome in 1972. He lectured for four years at University College Swansea, assisting in the archaeological excavations on the Roman fort at Loughor, Glamorgan. He was appointed to the History of Art Department at the University of Manchester. There he revised the volume on Etruscan architecture by Axel Boëthius in 1978 (with Tom Rasmussen), wrote his Wall Painting in Roman Britain with Norman Davey in 1981, and Romano-British Wall Painting in 1985. He revised the important Roman Art of D. E. Strong in 1988. Ling’s own Roman Painting appeared in 1991, and Ancient Mosaics, 1998. His collected volume of essays, Painting and Stuccowork in Roman Italy appeared in 1999. Ling edited an additional volume of essays, Making Classical Art: Process and Practice, in 2000. Ling is interested in research on Roman Britain and Roman archaeology.

    Selected Bibliography

    [partial dissertation:] “Stucco decoration in pre-Roman Italy” in Papers of the British School at Rome 40 (1972): 11-58; revised, with Rasmussen, Tom. Boëthius, Axel. Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture. 2nd ed. New York: Penguin Books, 1978; and Davey, Norman. Wall-Painting in Roman Britain. Gloucester: Sutton, 1982; Ancient Mosaics. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1998; The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii. 4 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997ff.; Roman Painting. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990; Stuccowork and Painting in Roman Italy. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999; revised, Strong, Donald E. Roman Art. 2nd ed. New York: Penguin Books, 1988; and Ward-Perkins, J. B., and Jones, Barri. The Severan Buildings of Lepcis Magna: an Architectural Survey. London: Dept. of Antiquities, Tripoli, S.P.L.A.J. /Society for Libyan Studies, 1993; The Cambridge Ancient History. 2nd ed. Volume VII, part 1 (plates): The Hellenistic World to the Coming of the Romans. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.



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