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date: 15 September 2019

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While the Romans did not have museums, practices of collecting and display were fully developed in Rome. Romans used collections of objects to substantiate, reinforce, and broadcast particular views of the world. This chapter shows how current work in museum studies opens new avenues of research into Roman art. It draws on recent scholarship on collecting that explores debates over cultural property, questions of viewing, and the role of collections in the construction of personal and imperial identities. It is here—with the appropriation of patrimony, with the creation of art, and with ideas of a universal artistic heritage—that we find ancient analogs of modern museums.

Keywords: museums, collecting, temples, villas, cultural property, loot, art, viewing, identity

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