Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting

Hardcover | May 26, 2012

bySteven Rutledge

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In antiquity, Rome represented one of the world's great cultural capitals. The city constituted a collective repository for various commemoratives, cultural artefacts, and curiosities, not to mention plunder taken in war, and over its history became what we might call a "museum city". AncientRome as a Museum considers how cultural objects and memorabilia both from Rome and its empire came to reflect a specific Roman identity and, in some instances, to even construct or challenge Roman perceptions of power and of the self. In this volume, Rutledge argues that Roman cultural values andidentity are indicated in part by what sort of materials Romans deemed worthy of display and how they chose to display, view, and preserve them. Grounded in the growing field of museum studies, this book includes a discussion on private acquisition of cultural property and asks how well the Roman community at large understood the meaning and history behind various objects and memorabilia. Of particular importance was the use of collectionsby a number of emperors in the further establishment of their legitimacy and authority. Through an examination of specific cultural objects, Rutledge questions how they came to reflect or even perpetuate Roman values and identity.

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In antiquity, Rome represented one of the world's great cultural capitals. The city constituted a collective repository for various commemoratives, cultural artefacts, and curiosities, not to mention plunder taken in war, and over its history became what we might call a "museum city". AncientRome as a Museum considers how cultural obje...

Steven H. Rutledge is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author of Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian (Routledge, 2001), and the author of numerous articles on Roman history and culture.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.12 inPublished:May 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573239

ISBN - 13:9780199573233

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List of MapsList of IllustrationsModern AbbreviationsAncient Abbreviations1. Introduction: Museums and Muses2. Collecting and Acquisition3. Viewing, Appreciating, Understanding4. Displaying Domination: Spoils, War Commemoratives, and Competition5. Constructing Social Identity: Pietas, Women, and the Roman House6. The Monster and the Map7. Imperial Collections and the Narrative of the Princeps8. Access and Upkeep9. EpilogueBibliographyIndex