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Carolyn Higbie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759300.001.0001

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Collectors, Collecting, and Collections

Collectors, Collecting, and Collections

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Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World

Carolyn Higbie

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 surveys ancient collectors across the Mediterranean, from Lydians and Persians to Greeks and Romans, and across the centuries, from the sixth century BC to the second century AD. It shows the variety of collectors, the materials they collect, and their uses of their collections. Greeks through the fourth century BC saw themselves as collectors of information about their political history, the natural world, and religious matters, especially oracles. Foreigners, later Greeks, and Romans collected art and texts. There is a clear link between collecting, scholarship, and forgery: collectors wish to complete their collection, scholars need to edit a text and assign it to an author, and forgers seek amusement or financial profit.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, Charles Townley, Cicero, collecting, the discobolus, oracles, Pausanias, Pliny the Younger, Praxiteles, votives

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