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Spolia
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[1] Technical term in history of art and architecture

(from Latin spolium, 'arms stripped from an enemy, booty'). Technical term of archaeology and art history, denoting parts of earlier buildings or monuments reused in constructive or decorative contexts. Scholars long saw the use of spolia in architecture and decoration as a symptom of decline in architecture, of the dissolution of the Classical Orders (Column) and of a lack of imagination and technical ability…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Spolia”, 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 04 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_brill130050>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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