Readership: For students and scholars of classics, classical archaeology, and ancient history studies; art historians and those interested in museum studies and the history of collecting.
Steven Rutledge, Associate Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, University of Maryland.
Steven H. Rutledge is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author of Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian (Routledge, 2001), and the author of numerous articles on Roman history and culture.
"it makes sense to claim that late Republican and Imperial Rome was, in effect, a museum. The virtue of Steven H. Rutledge's Ancient Rome as a Museum lies in its revolution of the paradox ... What were rare books to a fighting machine? Must Rome become a nation of curators? Rutledge explores this dilemma sympathetically, reaching far beyond the logic whereby precious things and natural curiosities were merely symbols of territorial gain." - Nigel Spivey, Times Literary Supplement
"Rutledgeâs project has something important to contribute, above all in its interdisciplinary bridging of archaeological and literary
perspectives...Ancient Rome as a Museum will be a useful resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses alike: one only hopes that a future paperback addition will make it more affordable for students." - Michael Squire, European Review of History
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1: Introduction: Museums and Muses
2: Collecting and Acquisition
3: Viewing, Appreciating, Understanding
4: Displaying Domination: Spoils, War Commemoratives, and Competition
5: Constructing Social Identity: Pietas, Women, and the Roman House
6: The Monster and the Map
7: Imperial Collections and the Narrative of the Princeps
8: Access and Upkeep