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Ancient Rome as a Museum: Power, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting

Steven Rutledge


In antiquity, Rome represented one of the world's great cultural capitals. The city constituted a collective repository for various commemoratives, cultural artefacts, and curiosities, not to mention plunder taken in war, and over its history became what we might call a ‘museum city’. This book considers how cultural objects and memorabilia both from Rome and its empire came to reflect a specific Roman identity and, in some instances, to even construct or challenge Roman perceptions of power and of the self. The book argues that Roman cultural values and identity are indicated in part by what ... More

Keywords: Rome, cultural capital, cultural object, memorabilia, cultural values, cultural identity, museum studies, private acquisition, Roman values, Roman identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Rutledge, author
Associate Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, University of Maryland.