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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 Colosseum

The Colosseum

(p.117) 4 The Colosseum
The Ruin of the Eternal City

David Karmon

Oxford University Press

The half-ruined Colosseum is the most infamous symbol of the Renaissance plundering of antiquity. This chapter challenges this received truth by investigating how Renaissance excavations conformed to precise legislative measures at the site. The history of the Passion plays at the site represents a notable instance of adaptive reuse and Renaissance preservation practices.

Keywords:   Colosseum, impervious, half-ruined, Renaissance plunder, preservation boundaries, adaptive reuse, Passion plays

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