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From Grave Goods to Democratic Ownership, an Engraving of the Trebbia Tomb and the Hamilton Vase, Geoffrey Stone

This paper provides a case study of two objects, an ancient vase and an engraving illustrating the opening of an Etruscan tomb dating to the third century BCE. Both illustrate the reception of antiquity into the modern world and, in parallel, this essay contextualises them. Grave goods in the Trebbia Tomb date from circa 420 BCE while the Hamilton Vase was created some 75 years later. The creation of the artefacts and the nexus of trade and culture between the Greeks and Etruscans are examined.  The means of accessing vases from antiquity in the eighteenth century CE is explored, whilst a detailed examination of the
two artefacts demonstrates their symbiosis. It concludes by exploring the changing values ascribed to the Hamilton Vase and the Trebbia tomb through a 2,400 year period.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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