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Atlas of Renaissance Antiquarianism

Damiano Acciarino    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Renaissance antiquarianism can be defined as a cultural phenomenon that aims to interpret the past by cross-referencing heterogeneous sources accumulated and collected over time. This entailed the use of new investigative techniques which involved combining literary sources and material findings to provide a reliable foundation for the idea of history. Atlas of Renaissance Antiquarianism, moving along different lines of theoretical and practical conceptualisation, declines the matters according to a plethora of different disciplines: philology, iconology, numismatics, epigraphy, chronology, conviviality, art, and fashion. The purpose of this manyfold investigation is to demonstrate how the antiquarian approach – that based the growth of thought on documented sources and empirical evidence – represented a methodological perspective capable to influence the way the past was viewed through a critical analysis of sources.

Feb. 2, 2022
Number of pages
16x23 cm
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Psychology of the Antiquary
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A Theory of Reinassance Antiquarianism
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The Editions of Festus
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Imagining Lucina
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Colonial Coins
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Nomenclature of the Fasti Consulares
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Ecclesiastical Chronotaxes
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Ancient Banqueting
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Ancient Clothing
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Grotesques in the Counter-Reformation
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