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Ancient Rome as a MuseumPower, Identity, and the Culture of Collecting$
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Steven Rutledge

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573233.001.0001

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Collecting and Acquisition

Collecting and Acquisition

(p.31) Two Collecting and Acquisition
Ancient Rome as a Museum

Steven H. Rutledge

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the progressive importation of cultural material into the city of Rome. It suggests that the means itself, often based on violence or economic muscle, connects such material directly to Roman power by virtue of the methods of acquisition. Evidence suggests that the public display of such material (particularly war spoils) was a distinct good, with a general disapproval of excess acquisition for private use. Part of this impression stems from Cicero's representation of acquisition in his Verrine orations, perhaps the best single literary source for this phenomenon. The chapter shows that the disposal of such material was one that was fraught with all manner of contingencies; acquisition of cultural property could be viewed in different ways at different times, depending on the circumstances.

Keywords:   cultural materials, Rome, artefacts, personal identity, Roman power, Cicero

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