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The Nani Museum: Greek and Latin Inscriptions from Dalmatia and Greece

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Franco Luciani


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The Nani Museum was one of the most important private antiquarian collections in 18th century Venice. It was largely thecreation of two brothers, Bernardo and Giacomo Nani, who acquired antiquities mainly from the Eastern coasts of the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Islands, mainland Greece, and the Aegean. The collection included more than 400 ancient artefacts, half of which were Greek and Latin inscriptions. All of these objects were later dispersed: many of them are now located in different European and American museums, while several others are considered to be lost. This article presents a brief overview of the history of the Nani Museum, with specific attention to its epigraphic component. We also provide a list of all the Greek and Latin inscriptions from Greece and Dalmatia that once belonged to the Nani Museum, offering information about their ancient provenance, the steps of their dispersal, and, when possible, their present location.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Calvelli L, Crema F, Luciani F

Editor(s): Demicheli, D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Illyrica Antiqua 2. In honorem Duje Rendic-Miocevic

Year: 2017

Pages: 253-278

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Acceptance date: 30/03/2017

Publisher: Odsjek za arheologiju Filozofski fakultet Sveuciliste u Zagrebu

Notes: Proceedings of the International Conference, Šibenik, 12th-15th September 2013

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ISBN: 9789531756570