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Art works, acquisition of/Art theft
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A. Definition (CT)

The acquisition of art/theft of art is necessarily linked to the idea of a specific object as a work of art. The prerequisite of an awareness of something as art is given only when an object is not primarily viewed for its material or political/religious value.

There is no word in Greek for ‘work of art…

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Döhl, Hartmut G. (Göttingen RWG), “Art works, acquisition of/Art theft”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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