The Colosseum

David Karmon

in The Ruin of the Eternal City

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896745 | DOI:
The Colosseum

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The half-ruined Colosseum is the most infamous symbol of the Renaissance plundering of antiquity. This chapter challenges this received truth by investigating how Renaissance excavations conformed to precise legislative measures at the site. The history of the Passion plays at the site represents a notable instance of adaptive reuse and Renaissance preservation practices.

Keywords: Colosseum; impervious; half-ruined; Renaissance plunder; preservation boundaries; adaptive reuse; Passion plays

Chapter.  10369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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