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The nature of classical collecting : collectors and collections, 100 BCE-100 CE

Author: Alexandra Bounia
Publisher: Aldershot, Hampshire, Eng. ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2004.
Series: Perspectives on collecting.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The phenomenon of collecting as a systematic activity undertaken for symbolic rather than actual needs, is traditionally taken to originate in the middle of the fifteenth century, when the first cabinets of curiosities appear in Italy. Yet it is clear that the practice of collecting started long before that, indeed its origins can be traced back thousands of years to European prehistoric communities. Whilst this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Bounia
ISBN: 0754600122 9780754600121
OCLC Number: 52257632
Description: xvi, 354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Reading ancient texts : methodological approaches to interpretation and appropriation --
2. Collecting material testimonies : antiquarianism and notions of the past --
3. 'Gifts-to-men and gifts-to-gods' : defining (collecting) values --
4. The concept of the individual as a cultural category : its implications in classical collecting --
5. Collecting in time and space in the classical world --
6. Visiting Pliny's collection : reading a 'museum' --
7. Poet's gifts, collector's words : the epigrams of martial --
8. 'Luxury is not for everybody' : collecting as a means of sharing cultural and social identity --
9. 'Furnishing' the collector's world : Cicero's Epistulae and the Verrine Orations.
Series Title: Perspectives on collecting.
Responsibility: Alexandra Bounia.

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The author argues that the collecting practices of classical Greece and Rome offer a rich tapestry of experiences which can be reconstructed to illuminate a pivotal period in the long and  Read more...

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