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Gusto for ThingsA History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome$
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Renata Ago

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010571

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226008387.001.0001

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The Function of Goods

The Function of Goods

(p.15) Chapter One The Function of Goods
Gusto for Things

Renata Ago

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the different functions of goods in seventeenth-century Rome. These functions include goods as objects for exchange, as object of exchange, and as objects kept temporarily or permanently outside the ambit of economic activity. This chapter analyzes the connection between the nature of goods and the development of monetary economy and provides examples of situations where objects can function directly as money. It also discusses the transformation of the concern for objects that had value into concern for objects that were one’s own.

Keywords:   value, rome, exchange, monetary economy, goods

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