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In Defiance of TimeAntiquarian Writing in Early Modern England$
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Angus Vine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566198.001.0001

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A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts

A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts

(p.139) 5 A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts
In Defiance of Time

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This chapter focuses on a discussion of the peripatetic tradition, examining more the links between antiquarianism and travel narratives. Drawing on both guides to travel (the artes apodemicae or apodemic arts), which frequently contained injunctions to travellers to collect objects and excerpts and instructions in how to interpret and respond to antique remains, and accounts and reports themselves, the chapter demonstrates that curiosity for natural rarities was matched by a similar curiosity for antiquities. It also discusses the way in which many travellers sought to ‘complete’ the fragmentary ruins that they encountered on their travels through recourse to literary or textual memories. It is argued that, as with Petrarch, a material encounter often evoked a literary remembrance. Authors discussed include George Sandys, Fynes Moryson, and Thomas Coryate.

Keywords:   peripatetic, apodemic arts, travel, collect, remains, curiosity, fragmentary, George Sandys, Fynes Moryson, Thomas Coryate

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