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The Foundation of Rome

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The Foundation of Rome is one of the few intelligent books on the subject, neither hypercritical nor visionary; its particular strength lies in the skilful interweaving of modern historiography and ideology with ancient history (Jerzy Linderski, University of North Carolina). At once a historical essay and a self-conscious meditation on the writing of history, The Foundation of Rome takes as its starting point a series of accounts of Rome's origins offered over the course of centuries. Alexandre Grandazzi places these accounts in their contemporary contexts and shows how the growing sophistication in methodology gradually changed the accepted views of the city's origins. He looks, for example, at the hypercritical philology of the nineteenth century which cast aside everything that could not be verified. He then explains how the increase in archaeological discoveries and changing archaeological techniques influenced the story of Rome's birth. Grandazzi produces a depiction of Rome's origins that is both up-to-date and provocative. His use of scientific parallels in describing changes in the ways texts were analysed and his broad familiarity with comparative material make his synthesis particularly illuminating, and he writes with clarity, verve, and wit.
Book condition very good, covers and spine unmarked and all pages crisp and clean.

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Author(s):
Grandazzi Alexandre
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
080143114X
ISBN-13:
9780801431142
Number of pages:
236
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Title:
The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History

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The Foundation of Rome is one of the few intelligent books on the subject, neither hypercritical nor visionary; its particular strength lies in the skilful interweaving of modern historiography and ideology with ancient history (Jerzy Linderski, University of North Carolina). At once a historical essay and a self-conscious meditation on the writing of history, The Foundation of Rome takes as its starting point a series of accounts of Rome's origins offered over the course of centuries. Alexandre Grandazzi places these accounts in their contemporary contexts and shows how the growing sophistication in methodology gradually changed the accepted views of the city's origins. He looks, for example, at the hypercritical philology of the nineteenth century which cast aside everything that could not be verified. He then explains how the increase in archaeological discoveries and changing archaeological techniques influenced the story of Rome's birth. Grandazzi produces a depiction of Rome's origins that is both up-to-date and provocative. His use of scientific parallels in describing changes in the ways texts were analysed and his broad familiarity with comparative material make his synthesis particularly illuminating, and he writes with clarity, verve, and wit.
Book condition very good, covers and spine unmarked and all pages crisp and clean.

Author(s):
Grandazzi Alexandre
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
080143114X
ISBN-13:
9780801431142
Number of pages:
236
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Title:
The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History

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