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The Ruin of the Eternal City: Antiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome

David Karmon


In Renaissance Rome, ancient ruins were preserved as often as they were mined for their materials. Although the question of what to preserve and how continued to be subject to debate, preservation acquired renewed force and urgency as the new papal capital rose upon the ruins of the ancient city. Preservation practices became more focused and effective in Renaissance Rome than ever before. This book offers a new interpretation of the ongoing life of ancient buildings within the expanding early modern city. While historians and archaeologists have long affirmed that early modern builders disreg ... More

Keywords: history of archaeology, Renaissance Rome, early modern Italy, preservation practices, afterlife, antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Karmon, author
College of the Holy Cross
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