Antiquarianism
(2,191 words)

1. Terminology and form

Before 1800 the Latin word antiquitates (“antiquities”; French antiquités, German Antiquitäten), made popular by the famous (but fragmentary) antiquarian treatise Antiquitates rerum humanarum et divinarum (“Antiquities of Human and Divine Institutions”) of the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro (116–27 BCE) was used synonymously with archaeology. It referred to written a…

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Walther, Gerrit, “Antiquarianism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016771>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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