Pliny’s statement «achates in magna fuit auctoritate, nunc in nulla est» provokes a series of problems, which involve different levels of consideration but are nonetheless interlinked. There are many factors implicated in this: there is the material itself, with its physical characteristics and supposed thaumaturgic properties, along with the places where it could be found (as reported in subsequent paragraphs, 37.140-142). But there are also the issues of taste and style that indirectly open up the way to fluid and changeable ‘aesthetics of luxury’ in hellenistic and roman time.

Agate. Fortunes and Misfortunes

M. E. Micheli
2020

Abstract

Pliny’s statement «achates in magna fuit auctoritate, nunc in nulla est» provokes a series of problems, which involve different levels of consideration but are nonetheless interlinked. There are many factors implicated in this: there is the material itself, with its physical characteristics and supposed thaumaturgic properties, along with the places where it could be found (as reported in subsequent paragraphs, 37.140-142). But there are also the issues of taste and style that indirectly open up the way to fluid and changeable ‘aesthetics of luxury’ in hellenistic and roman time.
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