Event Details

Friday, 10 June 2016 - Friday, 05 May 2017
All Day
RD Milns Antiquities Museum
UQ Location:
Michie Building (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Mr James Donaldson
3365 7490
Org. Unit:
R D Milns Antiquities Museum

Event Description

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Luxuria (extravagance, luxury, excess) was a problematic concept for the Romans: it undermined traditional ancestral customs. Proper Roman behaviour was supposed to be dictated, not by foreign imports and extravagant lifestyles, but by one's virtus (moral excellence), gravitas (seriousness conveying dignity), continentia (self-control) and frugalitas (frugality). From the third century BC, the Romans attemtpted to legislate against its corrupting effects, often in vain.

Useless Beauty examines a stunning range of artefacts including a stunning range of artefacts including Roman jewellery, perfume vases, and table wares, in conjunction with contemporary comment from Roman moralists and poets. It explores how and why the desire for luxury goods, and love of the foreign and exotic, quickly became a part of Roman elite culture.

'What will a woman do with no fear for safeguard, when there is Rome to teach its luxury?'

Propertius, Elegies, 3.12

Opening June 2016

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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