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The Restoration Of The Roman Forum In Late Antiquity: Transforming Public Space, Gregor Kalas
Gregor A. Kalas
This book examines architectural conservation during late antiquity at Rome's most important civic center: the Roman Forum. Throughout the fourth and fifth centuries CE—when Rome was undergoing transformational changes—elite citizens targeted restoration campaigns so as to infuse these repairs with political meaning. Since constructing new buildings was a right reserved for the emperors, Rome's upper echelon funded the upkeep of buildings together with sculptural displays to gain public status. Restorers linked themselves to the past through the fragmentary reuse of building materials and, as Gregor Kalas explores, proclaimed their importance through prominently inscribed statues and monuments ...