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Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome

Renata Ago


We live in a material world—our homes are filled with things, from electronics to curios and hand-me-downs, that disclose as much about us and our aspirations as they do about current trends. But we are not the first: the early modern period was a time of expanding consumption, when objects began to play an important role in defining gender as well as social status. This book reconstructs the material lives of seventeenth-century Romans, exploring new ways of thinking about the meaning of things as a historical phenomenon. Through creative use of account books, inventories, wills, and other re ... More

Keywords: consumption, gender, social status, seventeenth-century Romans, account books, inventories, wills, possessions, rome, luxury goods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226010571
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226008387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Renata Ago, author