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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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Constructing Social Identity

Constructing Social Identity

Pietas, Women, and the Roman House

(p.159) Five Constructing Social Identity
Ancient Rome as a Museum

Steven H. Rutledge

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the Roman social and historical record was remembered through a variety of cultural material in a manner that reinforced Roman values and ideology beyond those directly associated with military conquest and imperial hegemony. It focuses on three significant categories that encompassed and preserved historical memory: artefacts that dated to early in Rome's history that were reflective of Roman pietas; commemoratives that celebrated a variety of roles for women in Roman society and their place in it; and the Roman house, specifically, houses of men who had had a powerful influence in shaping Rome's history.

Keywords:   artefacts, cultural materials, Roman values, commemoratives, Roman society, houses

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