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(luxuria; Greek τρυφή; tryphḗ). In the centre of the Latin terminology around luxury, the noun luxus stands together with its derivatives luxuria and luxuries. The word luxus denotes first a crossing of the line or an excess, a spontaneous un-wished-for growth, especially an excess in lifestyle. The connotation here is clearly negative, whereas magnificentia has rather the meaning of ‘splendour’ and ‘expenditure’. The general term luxury encompasses other terms, such as lautitia, apparatus, sumptus. Luxury is considered a vice in Latin literature, beca…

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Corbier, Mireille (Paris), “Luxury”, 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 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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