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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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Preservation Practices in Ancient and Medieval Rome

Preservation Practices in Ancient and Medieval Rome

(p.23) 1 Preservation Practices in Ancient and Medieval Rome
The Ruin of the Eternal City

David Karmon

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys preservation traditions as they can be reconstructed for ancient and medieval Rome. Augustus forged an Italian culture of preservation by strategically reinforcing conservative patterns in Rome while implementing far-reaching cultural, political, and urban transformations. Building upon this precedent, the medieval civic government of Rome also exploited preservation as a means to resist papal power.

Keywords:   Augustus, imperial Rome, Casa Romuli, medieval Rome, civic government, preservation as political strategy

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