Preservation Practices in Ancient and Medieval Rome

David Karmon

in The Ruin of the Eternal City

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896745 | DOI:
Preservation Practices in Ancient and Medieval Rome

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This chapter surveys preservation traditions as they can be reconstructed for ancient and medieval Rome. Augustus forged an Italian culture of preservation by strategically reinforcing conservative patterns in Rome while implementing far-reaching cultural, political, and urban transformations. Building upon this precedent, the medieval civic government of Rome also exploited preservation as a means to resist papal power.

Keywords: Augustus; imperial Rome; Casa Romuli; medieval Rome; civic government; preservation as political strategy

Chapter.  7990 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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