Christopher Siwicki (The Norwegian Institute in Rome)
Dr. Christopher Siwicki will discuss the treatment and perception of historic buildings in imperial Rome, which he also explored in his recent book Architectural Restoration and Heritage in Imperial Rome (OUP 2020).
Attitudes to Architectural Restoration in Ancient Rome
This paper addresses the treatment and perception of historic buildings in imperial Rome, examining the ways in which public monuments were restored. Through analysing how the design, materiality, and appearance of buildings developed with successive restorations, as well as responses to such activity in contemporary literature, the case is made for the existence of a consistent approach to the treatment of built heritage between the first century BC and second century AD.