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This chapter provides some concluding remarks on the book Marble Past, Monumental Present: Building with Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean. The book has taken a broad overview of a phenomenon important for the complexion and development of architecture and decoration all over the Mediterranean. The theme running through it has been the variety of new responses in the construction of monumentality via a noble material. The book has placed the use of marble in the broad context of the whole of the Mediterranean, arguing that to confine any examination of the use of such a prestigious and widespread resource to one city or region or religion would be to disregard the healthy spirit of competition blowing alongside the winds which encouraged international trade, raiding and war. Competition was an important trigger not just across the far-flung lands of Islam, but probably as a spur to developments in Europe as well.

Keywords: Europe; Islam; marble; mediaeval mediterranean



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