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Sciences of Antiquity: Romantic Antiquarianism, Natural History, and Knowledge Work

Noah Heringman


In the course of the eighteenth century, discoveries ranging from Tahiti to Pompeii initiated a scientific turn in the study of the past, the product of old affinities between natural history and antiquarianism and new approaches to the division of labour. Romantic-era plate books on the South Pacific, Vesuvius, Greek vases, medieval tombs, and English geology, seeking a formal language to display these new findings, presented a wide array of objects as antiquities. Fieldworkers, illustrators, and other researchers who contributed to these volumes also fuelled the proliferation of antiquities— ... More

Keywords: Antiquarianism, Antiquity, Archaeology, History of, Disciplines, History of, Natural history, Plate books, Scientific illustration, Society of Antiquaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noah Heringman, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Missouri