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    Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation) (Hardback) By (author) Steven H. Rutledge

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    DescriptionIn 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'. Ancient Rome 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 and identity 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 collections by 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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    Ancient Rome as a Museum
    Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven H. Rutledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 196 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,120 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199573233
    ISBN 10: 0199573239

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC22: 937
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    LC classification: DG78 .R88 2012
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    77 in-text images and 6 maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    18 June 2012
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    Author Information
    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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    it makes sense to claim that late Republican and Imperial Rome was, in effect, a museum. The virtue of Steven H. Rutledge's Ancient Rome as a Museum lies in its revolution of the paradox ... What were rare books to a fighting machine? Must Rome become a nation of curators? Rutledge explores this dilemma sympathetically, reaching far beyond the logic whereby precious things and natural curiosities were merely symbols of territorial gain. Nigel Spivey, Times Literary Supplement
    Table of contents
    LIST OF MAPS ; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; MODERN ABBREVIATIONS ; ANCIENT ABBREVIATIONS ; 1. Introduction: Museums and Muses ; 2. Collecting and Acquisition ; 3. Viewing, Appreciating, Understanding ; 4. Displaying Domination: Spoils, War Commemoratives, and Competition ; 5. Constructing Social Identity: Pietas, Women, and the Roman House ; 6. The Monster and the Map ; 7. Imperial Collections and the Narrative of the Princeps ; 8. Access and Upkeep ; 9. Epilogue ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX