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date: 15 September 2019

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This chapter focuses on the debate regarding proper ownership of cultural property in general and the art of ancient Greece and Rome in particular. It looks at the arguments of two camps: those writing about the impact of looting on the study of the past and their call for further legislative efforts to reduce it and those arguing for more freewheeling acquisitions to be made of art on the market regardless of provenance and for keeping tight possession of what is already in museums. The chapter highlights looting as a significant, global problem that needs to be addressed and its substantial impact on the study of Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, acquisitions, architecture, art, cultural property, looting, museums, ownership

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