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One who studies, collects, or deals in antiquities.
1. Of or relating to antiquarians or to the study or collecting of antiquities.
2. Dealing in or having to do with old or rare books.

an′ti·quar′i·an·ism n.
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an interest in the customs, art, and social structure of earlier peoples and civilizations. — antiquarian, n., adj.
See also: Antiquity
interest in the culture of antiquity, especially that of classical Greece and Rome. — antiquary, antiquarian, n.antiquarian, adj.
See also: Past
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Filon's very lively antiquarianism carries with it a genuine air of personal memory.
Boreas Rising: Antiquarianism and National Narratives in 17th- and 18th-Century Scandinavia
To view camp as the communal, historically dense exploration of a variety of reparative practices is to be able to do better justice to many of the denning elements of classic camp performance: the startling, juicy displays of excess erudition, for example; the passionate, often hilarious antiquarianism, the prodigal production of alternate historiography; the "over"-attachment to fragmentary, marginal, waste, or leftover products; the rich, highly interruptive affective variety; the irrepressible fascination with ventriloquistic experimentation; the disorienting juxtapositions of present with past, and popular with high culture.
The reach of Hunter's collecting reflected not just his individual passions but the fact that antiquarianism, aesthetics and natural history were all part of the intellectual formation and working resources of an Enlightenment scientist.
In his readings of The Antiquary, Ivanhoe, and Ministelry of the Scottish Border, Griffiths considers how Scott's mutual investments in antiquarianism, in historical imitation, and in translation articulate a "complex historical model" which is distinguished, among other things, by a resistance to teleological narrative, an emphasis on the "history-from-below," and a special attention to the mutually illuminating contact between past and present and which inspires later literary authors, historians, and scientists alike to their own complex historical models.
But he argued that the scandal of incarnational Catholicism lies in its assertion that "it is not possible to live on hypothesis; after all, life itself is not hypothesis but rather unrepeatable reality upon which rides an eternal destiny." (19) What then, he asks, does a theology freed from the Church inevitably become: antiquarianism focused on researching the past and forming various hypotheses about individual texts and their relationship to historical facts, an antiquarianism that is incapable of making a decision for the truth.
In the third chapter, Reza Zia-Ebrahimi discusses the lack of Persian antiquarianism in medieval Iran and touches upon anti-Semitic European Orientalist literature.
As part of doing this, he reaches back into the history of antiquarianism as envisaged by Arnaldo Momigliano, trying to reflect the world of detail, incompleteness, and nonlinearity inherent in the research process without entirely jettisoning narrative and story-telling as modes of organization and explanation.
Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses.
Macpherson's Gaels supplied a native, non-classical pantheon of heroic forebears (<< nos ancetres, les Gaulois >>) during the Republican and Napoleonic eras; Dawson traces Ossian's post-Napoleonic eclipse by the more reliably indigenous figure of Vercingetorix, Gallic nemesis of Julius Caesar, once French antiquarianism came up to speed.
This paper contextualizes Nathaniel Hawthorne's essay, "The Custom-House," within two contexts: the nineteenth-century rise of antiquarianism and the material and temporal turns in recent literary scholarship.