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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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Viewing, Appreciating, Understanding

Viewing, Appreciating, Understanding

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Ancient Rome as a Museum

Steven H. Rutledge

Oxford University Press

Tales and anecdotes abounded in antiquity concerning the response of viewers to objects and to sites of historical and cultural significance. This chapter discusses what the ancients tell us themselves about their own expectations and responses to viewing; how visual culture was in part driven by the cultural values and hierarchies of the elite; and how that culture was simultaneously and of necessity a shared one among socially diverse groups.

Keywords:   viewers, artefacts, visual culture, cultural values, elite, cultural property

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