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Inventing a Preservation Program in Fifteenth-Century 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766895.003.0002
Inventing a Preservation Program in Fifteenth-Century Rome

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Preservation practices in fifteenth-century Rome afforded a vital means for the Renaissance popes to acquire and extend temporal power over the ancient city. Papal excavation licenses controlled ancient remains with greater precision. Papal involvement in regulating antiquity helped stimulate even greater interest in preservation among the Conservators, the civic magistrates of Rome.

Keywords: fifteenth-century Rome; papal temporal power; bureaucratic methods; regulations; excavation licenses; Conservators

Chapter.  11022 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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