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The Ruin of the Eternal CityAntiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome$
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David Karmon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766895.001.0001

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The Ruin of the Eternal City

David Karmon

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The introduction outlines the objectives of the book, which seeks to reassess preservation practices as they occurred in Renaissance Rome. The vocabulary of modern conservation theory is ill suited for this task. Instead, key terms defined by Biondo Flavio in the Roma instaurata of the mid-fifteenth century provide useful terminology to better evaluate the Renaissance understanding of interventions on ancient sites.

Keywords:   Biondo Flavio, Roma instaurata, conservation theory, preservation, restoration, Renaissance preservation practices

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